The Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Transport Malta informed of a serious injury which occurred during the mooring of a chemical tanker.
t the aft mooring station, the mooring team noticed that one of the lines was tight, while the other was still slack.
Whilst trying to equalize the tension on both lines, the taut line parted and struck the third officer. He suffered serious facial injuries and was transferred to a hospital ashore.
Right reaction to the accident
When the third officer was injured, other crew members took appropriate first response action. Transport Malta says that the injured person was “wearing a safety helmet, coveralls, leather gloves and safety shoes, all of which were in good condition.”
- A breaking test of the failed mooring rope, conducted after the accident, revealed that its strength had decreased by more than 50% of its certified MBL;
- The rope’s external and internal fibres may have deteriorated due to abrasion / friction and / or chemical contamination;
- Stresses induced in the rope, due to internal friction and chaffing during this mooring operation, were contributory factors to this accident;
- The mooring configuration deployed for this operation was not supported by the vessel’s mooring design – it is likely that it would have been difficult to apply, considering the heights and distances between the mooring equipment on the poop deck;
- Crew members’ attention was shifted to another part of the mooring operation;
- There may have been a breakdown in communication during the discussion on the mooring configuration.