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RMI investigation: Poor risk assessment linked to Pilot’s fatal fall

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator issued an investigation report on the fatality of a Pilot while disembarking a ship and attempting to transfer from the pilot ladder to an escort tugboat off the Port of Tuapse, Russia, in the early morning hours of 30 December 2018. 

Princess of the Orient: Erroneous maneuvering leads to deadly sinking

The Philippines has a long history of fatal maritime accidents. This time, SAFETY4SEA focuses on the deadly sinking of the ‘Princess of the Orient’. The ferry sank off Fortune Island, near the provinces of Cavite and Batangas, on September 18, 1998, claiming the lives of 150 people. Extreme weather conditions, along with ‘’erroneous maneuvering of the vessel by the captain’’, were the immediate causes of the accident.

New Zealand reports more accidents, less fatalities

The recently released Maritime NZ annual report suggests that Maritime fatalities in New Zealand have almost halved since 2015. Adding to this, 20 people were killed in New Zealand ports and harbors in the financial year ending 2019, compared to 35 in 2014–15. Only four of these were involved a commercial operation, with the rest being recreational.

Port of London and Chiefton’s captain not guilty for man’s dronwing death

After several investigations and researches for the death of the tug’s Chiefton engineer, the Port of London and the vessel’s captain have been found not guilty. Almost  eight years have passed, since the engineer’s fatal accident of the capsized vessel in Thames river near Greenwich Pier, on August 12, 2011.

Cargo ship sinks off Vietnam, Captain dies

The Captain of the Vietnamese-flagged general cargo ship Toan Phat 68 died after the ship reportedly sank in South China sea, a few nautical miles off the Qui Nhon port in central Vietnam, in the morning hours of Saturday.

18 dead after migrant boat sinks off Lampedusa

After a migrant boat sank off Lampedusa, on November 23, divers recovered more bodies from the scene, increasing the death toll to 18. The vessel was carrying 170 people, and sank around 1.5 nm off the island of Lampedusa.

Case study: Fatal Accident on Board

The following case study, based on an investigation report issued by Transport Malta, refers to a fatal injury occurred as the crew member got trapped between the mooring rope on the winch drum and the deck on the poop deck. The safety investigation revealed that in order to perform the task of stowing the mooring ropes on the winch drum, the crew members had to engage physically with the ropes while the winch was rotating.


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