Sep 012009

Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty investigation has released its report in to a mooring line incident that resulted in two seafarers suffering severe leg injuries after a stern line and fore and aft spring lines snapped during the mooring of the containership Ruiloba in Bremerhaven.

The incident appears to have been by the movement of an engine control level on the port bridge wing. While it is possible that the lever was accidentally knocked into the stern position on the crowded bridge wing it is also possible that heavy vibration, which was noticeable, could also have done so.

The lever was easy to move and it would have been simple to adjust it but it was not listed as ship’s equipment, those aboard were not aware how to make the adjustment and no operating manual was available.

The full report is available from the BSU website at

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