Thursday, January 6, 2011

SINGLE HOOK FOR ENCLOSED LIFEBOATS -- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL




Sailors have been dying at sea, and getting maimed due to poor design of "Enclosed Lifeboats|" since the past 35 years .  



At sea we have the misfortune of being ruled by “not so bright” rule makers and forces sitting ashore  — we all know that. 

Who cares if a few sailors die every year ?


Following are a couple of emails I have sent to various organisations like, Class, Insurance houses, PSC,  Safety rule makers etc--  

Read it, understand it and protect lives at sea!

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Dear XXXX,

i am indeed gratified that XXXX has commented in great detail.  

first let me introduce myself -- 28 years in command ( 6400 of actual on board command days—a record hard to beat  )  ,  basically a parcel chemical tanker man.

my present ship owned by XXX  has a free fall life boat. but i have worked on several enclosed lifeboats in  my career.

i have seen evolution of lifeboats at sea.  if this many civilians got maimed / killed in the US auto industry -- there would have been a heavy price to pay --

what follows has been understood and appreciated by my officers and crew--

ALL ENCLOSED LIFEBOATS CAN BE RELEASED OFF LOAD , AFTER THE BOAT HAS FLOATED ON WATER -- BY PUTTING ONE SINGLE FINGER OUTSIDE THROUGH THE FORD AND AFT PORTHOLES AND LIFTING UP A RESTRAINING BRIDLE .  

THERE IS NO NEED TO "COLLAPSE" THE HOOK AT ALL -- HENCE THERE IS NO NEED TO "RESET" THE HOOK EITHER. 

THE MOMENT YOU LIFT IT UP THE BRIDLE FORD AND AFT WITH A SINGLE FINGER, THE BOAT GETS UNHOOKED-- LIKE MAGIC 

AND FOR HOOKING ON TO THE NON-COLLAPSED HOOK -- YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT THIS FINGER OUT TO LIFT THIS RESTRAINING BRIDLE -- THE RING GETS HOOKED ON BY ITSELF --

pulling a single lever at coxswains seat -- to collapse two hooks ( ford+ aft ) simultaneously  , 3 metres above water , on load , is fraught with danger.  for both hooks will NEVER release at the same time --there will always be a microsecond time lag-- even if the release system is super intelligent.

that is why on a trapeze act in a circus-- ONE man (hanging upside down) , lets the girl go -- and she does the magic turns in mid air.   

if TWO men were to hold one hand each -- she won’t be doing any magic turns -- she will most probably fall down in a ugly heap --

A SINGLE LEVER SHOULD NEVER EVER RELEASE TWO HOOKS-- A POORLY ENGINEERED RELEASE MECHANISM SHOULD RELEASE ONLY ONE HOOK  --



enclosed LB always falls with 90 deg inclination.


when one hook gives way-- the other hook temorarily holds till the boat 
comes to 90 deg due to gravity -- and then shears off.


at this angle existing seatbelts ( with people facing sideways ) are 
ineffective. hence the spine injuries , broken necks and deaths.

thanks and best regards

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gentlemen,

i am a master on XXXX-- a  XXX registered ship.  my ship has a FFLB. 

however i have seen with utter dismay -- the refusal of people trusted with sailors safety to address the "enclosed lifeboat loss of life issue".

IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN BEHIND BARS.

recently i had a exchange with XXXX -- but as expected insurers all over the world , don't care for lives of sailors --

now i am testing XXXX waters –

why has hundreds of sailors lost their lives and thousands got injured  with enclosed lifeboats , hooks reset?--  IMO has stopped counting.

still nobody wants to do anything after 35 years of such huge misery at sea ( grieving sons and wives ) ?

IF A TRAPEZE STRONG MAN HANGING UPSIDE DOWN , IN A CIRCUS , RELEASES THE GIRL WITH BOTH HANDS AT THE SAME TIME -- THE GIRL WILL GO TO THE INTENDED DESTINATION OF THE NEXT MANS HANDS AFTER A NEAT DOUBLE SOMERSAULT. 

IF HE RELEASES HIS RIGHT HAND LATER THAN THE LEFT HAND BY A NANO SECOND  , LIKE WHAT HAPPENS WITH POORLY DESIGNED RELEASE MECHANICAL HOOKS -- THE GIRL WILL SWERVE OFF AND FALL OUTSIDE THE SAFETY NET.

this is what is happening at sea-- 3 years ago i , in my private  capacity as a sailor, had written to XXX, XXX, XXX etc years ago !

-- who cares?

MOST IMPORTANT BOTTOM LINE OF THIS CENTURY AT SEA:   

as long as nobody has the brains to have a SINGLE POINT HOOK RELEASE ( like for a rescue boat ) --  sailors must die!!!!!!!

brgds
Capt Ajit Vadakayil/ Master

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XXXX/ ajit,

this long email is about accurate power of observation -- it is NOT a cynical email at all --

SOLAS has always talked about how to lower a life boat-- NEVER-- how to retrieve it--

maximum deaths have happened at sea in the past 35 years with the advent of enclosed life boats -- 98% deaths have occurred while retrieving --

very few  while lowering.

these enclosed life boats were fitted with complicated and SENSITIVE RESETTING MECHANISMS -- designed by mediocre minds --

these resetting mechanisms are meant only for  SMOOTH SEAS ---  not for even very slight swell conditions--

hooks are meant to be collapsed in a drill -- ONLY when the seas are "glassy smooth".

if slight swell exists -- all it requires is a SINGLE human finger to lift up a restraining bridle and-- voila-- the boat hook is released --

same--  for hooking back on-- here you don’t even need the genteel single finger -- the book is hooked on like magic for the counter-weighted restraining bridle lifts up like magic --

now here comes the grey matter stuff --

boats can be dropped from few metres above the water level --in case of burning seas -- by this release mechanism --

what the moronic designers  and its equally guilty approvers have not  realised it that both hooks MUST BE RELEASED AT THE SAME NANO INSTANT --

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE THAT MICROSECOND TIMED RELEASE -- SO THAT THE BOAT FALLS PERFECTLY HORIZONTAL IN THE WATER--

-- because of the unscientific release mechanism  --either the ford or the aft mechanism will release first and the other will follow --

sensitive mechanism got fractured because of SUPERMEN in the boat--

these men wore their UNDIES over their pants ( imagine )-- while an intelligent normal man would wear his pants over his undies--

it is important to wear the undies first ( reset the hook, as soon as boat is lowered  ) and then wear the pants ( hook on to the reset hook after the jaunt  ).

if you try to reset the hook after hooking on -- as what was done in the attachment --

-- well when the boat bounces with the swell-- the sensitive mechanism fractures --- ( sometimes the fracture gives way while lowering boat in the next drill )

this is what has happened again –and again—and again--

it will happen for the next 500 years-- like how our rat guards are destined to fall off for the next 500 years--


if you have the will -- send this to XXXX,   XXXX and  XXXX -- tell them a more than Mensa master sent it to you--

thanks and best regards
capt ajit vadakayil

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dear XXXX,

merry christmas to you too --

i have NEVER comes across enclosed lifeboats without a bridle -- i have sailed on at least 10 different types/ makes --

now only Chinese makes are prevalent -- the competition is dead more or less -- the cheap Chinese boats indeed have the restraining bridle -

it is very easy to release with the single finger or a wooden stick -- it is magic -- even in very heavy swell --

I WILL NEVER EVER DROP MY BOAT FROM A HEIGHT -- EVEN IN BURNING SEAS -- I NEED MY BOAT TO FALL HORIZONTAL

-- when you see a black mamba eye balling you and hissing at you from inside an air raid trench,  it is better to take your chances outside with the bombs.

--and two decades ago I have learnt not to trust trade unions with sailors safety--  ego and safety cannot co-exist !---

--in any case, for them ,  master is NOT a sailor with a family at home like the others , but a tyrant from Mars.

so --

we close this subject here -- -- and for the next 500 years , sailors must die because of ill-engineered hook reset mechanisms !

thanks and best regards

capt ajit vadakayil/ master

also-- punch into google search ENCLOSED LIFEBOAT ACCIDENTS AND IMO JOKERS- VADAKAYIL




CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
29 YEARS IN COMMAND
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1 comment:

  1. Sir
    How many times did You need to drop the life boats?how did you overcome the flaw.

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