MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held on TUESDAY 25 APRIL at the Grand Harbour hotel in the port of Southampton.

Mon, 10 April 2017

This is DAY 1 of a unique programme of two ‘back to back’ one day events for the sub IMO / sub 24 metre professional sector. ALL marine sectors are invited to participate in these two specialist Workshops.

Man overboard and death by drowning is still the prime risk at sea. Workshop topics include location of a casualty in the water and solutions range from crew keeping a traditional lookout to the latest electronic devices. Besides the challenge of working in rough conditions lifting the casualty can be hampered by injuries, clothing and vessel design.

Workshop Lead John Haynes said, ‘We fully appreciate that the whole subject of MOB prevention, location, recovery and treatment can only be touched upon in a one day seminar. Our objective is to bring together people with genuine experience to share knowledge and endeavour to improve best practice across all maritime sectors.’ 

Every pilot’s nightmare is to fall off the ladder whilst boarding. Although such incidents are fortunately very rare, when it does happen there are lessons to be learned by everyone involved – including the casualty in the water. In February 2011 Captain Jon Stafford fell from a pilot ladder 6 miles off Margate while boarding a cargo ship at night in the North Sea. He recounts lessons learned from this incident to help others.

Dynamic panel discussion enables attendees to ask the hard questions. Presenters include:

Capt Andrew Moll - Deputy Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

‘How ALL Marine Sectors can Learn from Man Overboard Incidents’

Capt Don Cockrill - Secretary General, UK Maritime Pilots Association

‘Man Overboard around Ships, Workboats and Port Support Vessels’


Capt Jon Stafford - Pilot, Port of London Authority

‘Pilot Overboard in North Sea and South Atlantic’

Paul Savage - Chairman of UK Search and Rescue Medical Group

‘7 Ways To Die In Cold Water (crucial factors that can help survival)’

JoJo Mains - Community Safety Intelligence Manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

‘RNLI Analysis of Incident Statistics from On Water & Close To Water Activities’

Maritime Operations Controllers - HM Coastguard

How an MOB Rescue Evolves’

25 APRIL - WORKSHOP: 09.00 to 17.00 including lunch / refreshments / CPD certificate.

NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION: 17.00 to 19.30 - sponsored by KPM Marine.


Workshop is relevant to Workboats, Pilot Boats, Patrol Boats, Search & Rescue, Survey Vessels, Wind Farm Support, Superyacht Tenders, Training and Charter Vessels. Attendees include Professional, Commercial and Military Organisations, Boat Operators, Boat Builders and Equipment Manufacturers.


Supporters of the event include British Marine, Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association, UK Maritime Pilots Association, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute. 20% discount for SSA / BMF / RINA / UKMPA.

Sponsors include Life Cell – Spinlock – Harken Industrial – 3Si (Safety & Survival Systems International).

Contact Event Manager – Julie Arthur


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