Germany’s Bundesstel le für Seeunfalluntersuchung, Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation, has released its report into the fatality of a worker at the Brunsbuttel Lock due to head injuries as a result of a parting mooring line. On the 28th October, 2008, interaction between the moored TMS Covadonga, awaiting entry into the lock, and TMS Lister, which was emerging from the lock caused movement of the former which led to the forespring snapping and hitting a worker on the dock.
Injuries from parted mooring lines are frequently horrific, often fatal. Lines build an enormous store of energy which is released in a split second and anyone hit by a flying line end doesn’t really stand much of a chance.
The report is in German but raises issues related to the worker standing in a hazardous zone, replacement and maintenance of mooring lines and ship speed when passing moored vessels.
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