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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Trofirm Shipping Co. Ltd
Port of registry:   Limassol
Flag:   Cyprus
Type:   Dry Cargo Bulk carrier
Built:   1994
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Length overall:   186
Gross tonnage:   18813.00
Date & Time   08/01/06 12:45
Location of incident:   5132.9N 00259.2W
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.

Published 23 January 2015