Slipped messenger line while securing tug tow wire on bulk carrier Wah Shan with loss of 1 life

Location: River Humber, England.

Accident Investigation Report 18/2013

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

WahShan.pdf (5,242.66 kb)


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 investigation found that an unsafe method for heaving the tow line on board had been adopted by the crew, which ultimately resulted in this accident.

Published: 17 July 2013

Published 23 January 2015