Pendana carries a variety of items to ensure it can manage vitually all potential issues while at sea.  From managing a compound fracture, to providing temporary fillings (teeth) or to complete loss of power to engines and generators Pendana is always at the ready to manage and deal with what ever situation may occur.  The menu pages under this SAFETY PAGE highlight the equipment Pendana carries so that all eventualities can be prepared for well in advance with the hope of never having to use any of the equipment carried.
 
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Some of the items covered are:
 
Sea Anchor;
Medical Kit;
Communications;
Ditch Bags;
Ocean Life Raft;
Damage Control; and
Dive Gear.
 
There is an aweful lot that can go wrong when at sea and to not consider the very worst case scenario's in my opinion is not doing all one can do to prepare.

What can go wrong when crossing oceans?  Plenty, when you start to think about it.  As such, I have listed everything that can and could go wrong and ensured that Pendana has the necessary backup equipment and plan to deal with such an incident.

While this may seem somewhat odd there is no point in thinking that nothing will go wrong while 500nms from nearest land.  I am a firm believer in making sure we plan meticulously for all trips we take and the potential for disaster.  There is no point in pretending it can't happen!  Below is just a small sample of the things that can go wrong at sea.

Pendana

  • Main Engine Stops Working

    Pendana has a backup hydraulic Duncan Drive which will be engaged in this scenario.  The Duncan Drive gets its power from one of two generators and will deliver a true 5kts so that Pendana can continue her voyage.

  • Main Engine Stops Working and Duncan Drive won't work

    If forward propulsion is not achievable we will deploy our sea anchor and call for assistance on our KVH VSAT system.  If our main VSAT system fails then we can call with our handheld satellite phone. If both fail we will use signal flares in the hope of gaining attention.  Depending on time adrift and danger to vessel we may in a last resort have to engage our EPIRB.

  • Fire in the Engine Room

    Fire destroys engine room and fire is extinguished via our fire supression system.  Fire out, no engines work or can be made to work.  We will deploy our sea anchor and call for assistance on our KVH VSAT system.  If our main VSAT system fails then we can call with our handheld satellite phone. If both fail we will use signal flares in the hope of gaining attention.  Depending on time adrift and danger to vessel we may in a last resort have to engage our EPIRB.

  • Fire on Pendana Which Cant Be Controlled.

    A fire that cant be extinguished means that we will have to abandon ship.  If time permits we will make a call on either of our satellite systems for help and to alert authorites.  We will activate our EPIRBS and deploy our Liferaft.  If time permits we will also cut away our ships fenders and release our tender from its deck fittings.  We will board life raft and take with us satellite phone and ditch bags.

  • Pendana is Knocked Down and Doesnt Right Itself

    All aboard will make their way off Pendana and jump into the Sea.  Ditch bag will be taken and used as a floatation device.  Activate EPIRB. Pendanas liferaft is fitted with a hydrostatic release meaning that once it is 4 metres below the surface of the ocean it will automatically deploy allowing for us to board her.

  • Worse Case Scenario

    Eight metre seas, 50kts winds with fire raging out of control.  Activate EPIRB.  When life raft is deployed it is blown away from Pendana and the line securing the life raft to Pendana snaps.  If time permits (unlikely) cut free fenders and disconnect tender from foredeck.  Jump into sea with ditch bag and stay calm.

  • Hit Shipping Container

    In the remote chance we hit a shipping container we will fill any holes with Stay Afloat.  If holes cant be filled we will run our emergency hydraulic bilge pump if this fails to stop the water levels from rising and we can't seal the water via our bulkhead doors we will be forced to abandon ship. If time permits we will make a call on either of our satellite systems for help and to alert authorites.  We will activate our EPIRBS and deploy our Liferaft.  If time permits we will also cut away our ships fenders and release our tender from its deck fittings.  We will board life raft and take with us satellite phone and ditch bag.