Research and analysis

Safety lessons: vessel handling training for berthing operations

A safety message to the shipping industry highlighting the importance for crew and charterers to be sufficiently trained and experienced for the task.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2008

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This summary concerns the contact made by ro-ro vessel Ursine during a berthing manoeuvre in King George Dock Lock, Hull and how the lack of training and experience on the bridge led to the accident.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 30 May 2008