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Immature safety culture leads to fatal accident

UK MAIB released its report on the SMN Explorer accident. Namely, on 1 February 2018, a crewman from the cargo vessel SMN Explorer was fatally crushed as he was working on deck. Namely, a stowage space hatch cover fell on him. The investigation concluded that the ship’s safety management system was immature and the safety culture on board the vessel was weak.

Corroded cargo hold access cover leads to fatal fall

Transport Malta released its report on the fatal  fall of a stevedore inside a cargo hold on the ‘Eugenia B’. The incident took place on 30 November 2017, when a stevedore fell during cargo operations. He was transferred to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.

Solstice sinking with one fatality: The crew had no stability information

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Solstice’, approximately 7 miles south of Plymouth, England, in September 2017, that resulted in one fatality. The report highlighted stability issues, noting that the weight of the catch in the net was excessive and that the height of the lifting point at the stern was high.

Worker dies on platform off Brazil

According to the Brazilian oil workers’ union Sindipetro-NF, an offshore oil worker died on the PNA-2 platform, on November 25. The accident took place while the worker was servicing a crane. On Sunday afternoon, the worker was killed by the accident that occurred on PNA-2 platform while he was operating a crane and was crushed by the equipment.

Over 30 people killed after boat capsizes in Lake Victoria

At least 31 people have lost their lives and more than 50 are still unaccounted for, after a boat capsized on Lake Victoria in Uganda, Saturday, according to data provided by the Uganda Police Force. The police said that the key cause of the accident was over-loading and the vessel’s poor mechanical shape.

Transport Malta: Fatality while stowing mooring ropes

Transport Malta issued a report on a fatal occupational accident onboard ‘Eleni M’, as the crew member got trapped between the mooring rope on the winch drum and the deck on the poop deck. The investigation revealed that in order to perform the task of stowing the mooring ropes on the winch drum, the crew had to engage physically with the ropes while the winch was rotating.

EMSA: Overview of maritime casualties in 2017

EMSA released its annual review of maritime casualties reporting a total of 3,301 occurrences through 2017. The report reveals that the number of very serious casualties has continuously decreased since 2014 with 74 reported in 2017. A total of 61 people were injured and 61 ships were lost. During the 2011-2017 period, 405 accidents led to a total of 683 lives lost, which represents a significant decrease since 2015.

Seafarer killed during container lashing in Port of Dublin

A seafarer was killed while lashing and securing containers onboard the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged container ship ‘Francop’, in the port of Dublin, Ireland, on 14 November. Dennis Gomez Regana, from the Philippines, died after a container struck him at Southbank Quay, when he was doing lashing work while container lifting operations were underway, ITF informed. 

MCIB report: Crew fatality on RoRo ferry during trailer loading

Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board issued an accident report on a fatal incident onboard the RoRo ferry ‘European Endeavour’. While the ferry was loading the vehicular cargo, on 22nd June 2017, in Dublin, one of the crew was found unconscious at the rear of a trailer. After unsuccessful resuscitation attempts, he was declared dead.


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