Nov 232014

One seafarer died and two were injured on Friday, 21 November in an incident involving what appears to have been  a fast rescue   craft. It is the fourth lifeboat/FRC fatality in the past two months.

Details of the incident remain sketchy. German-language newspaper Spiegel says that the boat fell 11 metres, 30 feet, into the water from the chemical tanker MTM Westport resulting in the death of a 57 year old seafarer and injuries to two others who were thrown out of the boat on impact. The Hong-Kong-flagged vessel with officers and crew from Myanmar, Ukraine and Russia,  was at anchor in the North Sea off the Elbe estuary.

In May 2014 MTM Westport was detained in Argentine due to nine deficiencies, none involving lifeboat or FRC equipment.


Workboat Falls From Falls

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Nov 232009

image Two seafarers were seriously injured when the workboat they occupied fell from a stores davit when the wire supporting it parted. A preliminary report is currently available from the UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch.

Says the preliminary report: “The 77 metre general cargo vessel, Velox, was loading grain while berthed starboard side alongside at King George V dry dock in Southampton.

On the morning of 1 September 2009, the ship’s crew were tasked with painting the hull, and the cadet was asked to help. Two seamen were preparing the port rescue boat for the task when the master instructed them to use the starboard workboat instead.

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