Mooring rope pulled from ro-ro cargo vessel Sea Centurion after becoming caught in propulsion unit of a tug, with loss of 1 life

Location: Unmooring operation at Portsmouth Naval Base, England.

Accident Investigation Report 3/2000

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made.

sea centurion.pdf (1,739.60 kb)


On 18 May 1999 while letting go the ro-ro cargo vessel Sea Centurion in Portsmouth Naval Base, England, a member of the crew was struck by a mooring rope. It was the first time the motorman had carried out an unmooring operation. The rope got caught in a propulsion unit of a tug and was pulled off the ship. The motorman was struck by the end of the rope and forced against a flight of steps. He was severely injured and later pronounced dead at the scene.

Published: 3 February 2000

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015