Urgent safety lessons on the elongation and snap-back characteristics of mooring lines
Safety Bulletin 1/2015
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:
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.