A Filipino seafarer aboard the car carrier Yohjin died because he did not wear a fall-arrester while arranging stanchions on a gangway at Bremerhaven. He fell 5.5 metres to the quay wall, was still conscious when an ambulance arrived but died a few minutes later and resuscitation efforts failed.
It appears that he had been drinking ashore the evening before and had a high blood-alcohol level. He returned to the vessel at about, two and a half hours before going on duty.
The full report, currently only in German, is available from the Germany’s Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung, Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation.
MAC notes that the Master’s written instructions are not very clear or unambiguous. They might been more effective if illustrated – easy enough to do with a camera-enabled cellphone or digital camera.
This is the latest of a series of incident reports involving gangways, vessel/vessel, vessel/shore and similar access. Together they highlight a need to understand risk assessment and increase safety awareness regarding vessel access systems.