Accident during cargo operations on general cargo vessel Johanna C with loss of 1 life

Location: Songkhla, Thailand.

Accident Investigation Report 1/2017

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons learned:

MAIB investigation report 1-2017: Johanna C

Photograph of general cargo vessel Johanna C (photo: Marc Piché,

Photo: Marc Piché,


On 11 May 2016, the chief officer on board the UK registered general cargo ship Johanna C fell from a large steel cargo unit that was being repositioned in the vessel’s forward hold. The chief officer was moved ashore and taken to a local hospital by ambulance, but he died shortly after arrival.

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Safety Issues

  • It was inherently unsafe and unnecessary for the chief officer to stand on top of the cargo while it was being lifted; the risks of standing on a load under tension were not recognised

  • The chief officer lost his balance and fell onto the deck following the sudden and unexpected movement of the cargo and/or its lifting slings as the cargo was lifted

  • The sudden and unexpected movement of the cargo and /or its slings was possibly due to the slings slipping from their intended positions

  • The crew’s response following the chief officer’s fall was immediate and positive


In view of actions already taken, no recommendations have been made in this report.

Published 12 January 2017