Accident Investigation Report 18/2013
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On 2 October 2012 a crew member, on board bulk carrier Wah Shan, was struck by a messenger line and fatally injured. He had been attempting to secure a tug’s tow wire in preparation for the vessel berthing at Immingham, England.
- the risks involved in securing the tug’s tow wire had not been properly considered
- the aft mooring party used poor seamanship practices and did not function as an effective team
- the configuration of the aft mooring deck did not provide an obvious method of heaving up the towline safely
Wah Shan’s managers have been recommended (2013/220) to improve their training programmes to develop good seamanship practices and leadership skills.
This report was published on 17 July 2013.
Published 23 January 2015