Research and analysis

Safety lessons: improving survival chances when abandoning ship

A safety message to the shipping industry issued after the abandonment of a ship led to 6 lives being lost.


MAIB safety flyer issued June 2013

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This summary concerns the loss of 6 lives when abandoning the general cargo ship Swanland in the middle of the night in rough seas, and how certain steps learned from this accident can be taken to maximise chances of rescue.

The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 12 June 2013