French authorities are conducting an enquiry into the deaths of two seafarers and injury of a third after a lifeboat fell from the French-flagged CMA CGM Christophe Colomb into the water during a drill at Yantian International Terminal Berth No. 13. Media reports cite company statements that part of the davit arrangement failed during recovery of the boat and that fall prevention devices had been fitted.
Christophe Colomb is a fairly new vessel. CGA CMA took delivery from the Korean shipyard in November 2009. At 13,300TEU it is one of the world’s largest containerships with a length of 365 metres, a beam of 51.2 metres and a draught of 15.5 metres.