Person overboard from bulk carrier Jolbos with loss of 1 life

Location: Departing from Newport, Wales.

Completed PE Summary - Jolbos

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Jolbos
Registered Owner/Manager Trofirm Shipping Co. Ltd
Port of Registry Limassol
Flag Cyprus
Type Dry cargo bulk carrier
Built 1994
Classification Society Lloyd’s Register
Length Overall 186m
Gross Tonnage 18813
Date/Time 08/01/2006, 1245
Location of Incident Departing Newport, 51°32.9N 002°59.2W
Incident Type Accident to person
Persons Onboard 28 crew
Injuries/Fatalities 1 fatality
Damage/Pollution None


As the Cypriot registered bulk carrier Jolbos was leaving Newport, on 8 January 2006, two seaman were rigging a pilot ladder of the combination type. The ladder’s suspension wire failed, allowing the ladder to swing down and throw one of the seamen into the water. He was recovered by a nearby tug but, in spite of efforts to resuscitate him, was later declared dead in hospital.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector has written to the vessel’s owners advising them:

  • To remind all crew of the importance of wearing appropriate safety equipment when working over the side of a vessel.

  • To consider introducing a programme of periodic replacement of suspension wires on accommodation and pilot ladders.

The Chief Inspector decided a full investigation was not appropriate in this case.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015