Failure of lifeboat winch during exercise on dry cargo vessel Sammi Superstars with 2 people injured

Location: Liverpool, England.

Completed PE Summary: Sammi Superstars

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   STX Pan Ocean Shipping Co Ltd
Port of registry:   Inch’on
Flag:   Korea
Type:   Dry Cargo
Built:   1983
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   .01
Gross tonnage:   28327.00
Date & Time   Details
Location of incident:   07/11/05
Incident Type:   Machinery Failure
Injuries/ fatalities:   Two injured crew members
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage/No Pollution


While performing an exercise in Liverpool, the winch on the starboard lifeboat davit failed, causing the lifeboat to fall into the water. A number of the lifeboat crew suffered minor injuries. The cause of the accident was that the wire drum of the winch failed due to corrosion. The winch was in date for overload test and examination in accordance with statutory requirements.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector has written to the Korean Register of Shipping with the recommendation that they bring this accident to the attention of members of the International Association of Classification Societies.

Published 23 January 2015