Parting of hawser during towing operation on workboat Llanddwyn Island with loss of 1 life

Location: Roscoff, France.

Accident Investigation Report 14/2010

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Annexes (1,631.05 kb)


On 1 March 2010, a deckhand on board the UK registered workboat Llanddwyn Island, was struck by a towing hawser when it parted. He died at the scene. The workboat was moving a dredger in Roscoff, France.

Safety Issues

  • minimum qualification requirements for the skippers of UK workboats operating under the Brown and Harmonised Codes need review and also do not equip skippers to undertake towing activities


Recommendations have been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the National Workboat Association, the British Tugowners Association, and the UK Harbour Masters’ Association aimed at improving the qualification and training requirements for workboat skippers, particularly workboats engaged in towing operations. A recommendation has also been made to the National Workboat Association, the British Tugowners Association, and the International Association of Dredging Companies, which is intended to encourage the exchange of information between parties arranging charter parties for vessels engaged in towing operations. A further recommendation has been made to the Holyhead Towing Company aimed at assisting the development of safe systems of work on board its vessels.

This report was published on 18 November 2010.

Published 23 January 2015