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Fatal fall onboard bulk carrier

After the ship ‘Armata’ had departed Tianjin, China in ballast on 15 January 2017 and anchored outside the limits of Tianjin port  awaiting for orders, a crewmember fell down the stairs in the ship, losing his life. After an autopsy report was conducted, no narcotic or psychotropic drugs were revealed, but the autopsy indicated presence of ethanol in blood and in the urine.

Chief mate injured due to inclement weather

The vessel ‘Immensity’ was heading to Limassol, Cyprus from Antwerp, Belgium, carrying 8,062 metric tonnes of general cargo, including logs on deck, when the chief mate suffered injuries after falling to the deck due to inclement weather. The cause of the accident was a high energy trauma caused by exposure to green seas on deck.

Perception of risk important for safe operations

While the vessel ‘Sultan Bey’ was on a voyage from Alexandroupoli, Greece to Marseilles, France, with 003 mt of wheat in bulk, a motorman was injured while he was cleaning the fuel oil vent overflow containment tray. The motorman underwent a surgical intervention. He recovered well and was discharged from hospital.

'Close quarter situation' leads to collision in Turkish Straits

On 27 November 2016, the Maltese registered cargo vessel ‘Sider Capri’ and the Italian flagged ro-ro vessel ‘Grande Anversa’ collided in the Çanakkale Strait’s Traffic Separation Scheme, both sustaining structural damages. The safety investigation by MSIU found that a close quarter situation developed to a point that a collision became inevitable.

Complying with SMS crucial for safe operations

On 5 November 2016, an able seaman on board the Maltese registered roll-on rolloff ship Catherine was severely injured during cargo operations. He was discharged from the ship and was transferred to a local hospital for further treatment.

Deviation from the passage plan leads to grounding

On 22 November 2016, the Maltese registered bulk carrier Robusto ran aground and remained stranded in the entrance of El Dekheila Channel, Egypt. Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report, revealing that the course recommended by the pilot was different from the one prepared in the passage planning.

How to keep medical stores onboard

Transport Malta draws the attention to the requirements for keeping medical stores onboard properly according to Maritime Labour Convention, highlighting that English language is recommended for use in order to avoid confusion. 

Fuel oil leak causes engine room fire

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit issued an investigation report regarding the engine room fire onboard the cruise ship ‘THOMSON MAJESTY’ in South of Gorgona Island, on 21 October 2016.

Inadequate safety equipment leads to fatality onboard

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit issued an investigation report on the fatality of a crew member, after falling from a vertical ladder, onboard a bulk carrier in  October 2016, while underway in the Caribbean Sea.

Inadequate safety harness contributes to bosun's fall onboard

A bosun onboard the general cargo ship ‘Garip Baba’ lost his balance and fell to the poop deck, while carrying out maintenance routine tasks, injuring his back. He was transferred to a hospital and had to undergo surgical procedure. The Marine Safety Investigation Unit issued an investigation report on the incident.

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