Poor sanitation conditions and an ignored recommendation after a previous man-overboard incident led to the loss of a crewmember aboard the British-registered scalloper St Amanti, suggests a new report from the UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch. A number of deficiencies identified by the Maritime And Coastguard Agency prior to the incident had not been confirmed rectified.
Says MAIB:”The condition and the standard of housekeeping on board St Amant at the time of the accident were found to be poor. The large number of deficiencies that were identified during various Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveys and inspections indicated that St Amant’s owner, skipper and crewmen had an extremely poor attitude to establishing and maintaining a safe working environment on board the vessel. The written risk assessments for the operation of the vessel were also found
to be inadequate; precautions which might have prevented this accident were not put into practice”.