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Zarga safety bulletin published

Mooring line failure resulting in serious injury to a deck officer on board Zarga alongside South Hook LNG terminal, Milford Haven

LNG Tanker Zarga alongside
Photograph of LNG Tanker Zarga alongside

The MAIB has issued a Safety Bulletin to highlight urgent safety lessons that have arisen in the early stages of its investigation into the mooring line failure on board LNG tanker Zarga while alongside South Hook LNG terminal, Milford Haven on 2 March 2015 which resulted in serious injury to a deck officer.

The bulletin contains background, details of the mooring lines and winches in use on board Zarga, initial findings and Safety lessons.

Following the accident, the MAIB commissioned a series of tests and trials designed to measure the elongation and snap-back characteristics of the mooring lines used on board Zarga. Here are some short video clips of these trials with an accompanying voice over.

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial Pt1

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial Pt2

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial Pt3

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial Pt4

Published 8 July 2015