Safety warning issued after mooring line failure on board LNG tanker Zarga resulted in serious injury to a deck officer

Urgent safety lessons on the elongation and snap-back characteristics of mooring lines

Safety Bulletin 1/2015

MAIBSafetyBulletin-1_2015

Summary

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is carrying out an investigation into the mooring line failure on board LNG tanker Zarga while alongside South Hook LNG terminal, Milford Haven on 2 March 2015 which resulted in serious injury to a deck officer.

Following the accident, the MAIB commissioned a series of tests and trials designed to measure the elongation and snap-back characteristics of the mooring lines used on board Zarga. Here are a sequence of short video clips with accompanying voice over showing the trials:

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial video Pt1

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial video Pt2

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial video Pt3

Snap-back and Elongation characteristics trial video Pt4

Please note that the causes and contributing factors of Zarga’s mooring line failure are subject to an ongoing investigation and will be discussed in a full investigation report.

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