Mar 152010

Not a place to be when over the limit or tired

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.


The safer way - note orange safety line

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.

See also:

Badly-Made Gangway Could Have Killed

Dumb and Dumber – Where’s Jim Carey?image

Think Safety When Transferring At Sea

Safety Alert – Incorrect Gangway Procedures Break Legs

Don’t Fall For Lousy Lighting

Gangway Was Hard On Shoulder

Gangway and Accommodation Ladder Inspection and Maintenance

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