Research and analysis

Safety lessons: design and use of boats as ship passenger tenders

A safety message to the shipping industry calling for internationally agreed standards for boats used to transfer passengers and the training of coxwains and crew.


MAIB safety flyer issued 4 June 2007

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This summary concerns a fatal accident to a crew member during the recovery of a lifeboat, which was being operated as a passenger tender, to the passenger vessel Thomson Celebration. This accident, and a number of others, highlight several needs including the handling, navigation and general safe operation of lifeboats operating as passenger tenders and the design and equipping of all boats used as tenders.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 4 June 2007