MAIB issues safety recommendations after fatal crush injury in Antwerp

UK marine accident investigation body MAIB has issued its investigation report into a fatal accident last year on board the Gibraltar registered general cargo vessel Cimbris.

UK marine accident investigation body MAIB has issued its investigation report into a fatal accident last year on board the Gibraltar registered general cargo vessel Cimbris.

According to the investigation report, a stevedore was fatally crushed when a hatch cover was moved by the ship’s gantry crane. No-one saw the stevedore place himself in a hazardous position between the crane and the hatch cover, and the ship’s chief officer did not have a clear line of sight.

MAIB conducted this investigation on behalf of the Gibraltar Government in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the MAIB and the Red Ensign Group Category 1 registries of Isle of Man, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Gibraltar.

The investigation revealed that the hatch cover lifting operation was not properly planned, adequately supervised or carried out in a safe manner, banksmen were not used and the hatch cover was carried over people working below, communications between the stevedores and ship’s crew demonstrated a weak safety culture, and that the stevedore placed himself in danger and was unsighted by the gantry crane operator.

As a consequence of the incident, a recommendation (2021/126) has been made to Briese Dry Cargo as operator of the ship to improve the safety culture on board its vessels. In addition, recommendations (2021/127 and 2021/128) have been made to Centrale der Werkgevers aan de Haven van Antwerpen to improve the safety culture among their port workers and to review compliance with safe working practices on board customer vessels.

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