Our accident investigation report into a fatal crush incident on the general cargo vessel Karina C on 24 May 2019, is now published.
The report contains details of what happened, actions taken and recommendations made: read more.
Statement from the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents
Ship’s decks are dangerous places and this accident could have been avoided if personnel operating Karina C’s deck that day had adhered to established safe working practices. The limited space available and ambient noise on deck mean that travelling gantry cranes, common on many operators’ vessels, can be particularly hazardous. Recently they have been involved in a number of fatal accidents and the MAIB is currently investigating another tragic death in similar circumstances. The accident on Karina C is a further case where excess alcohol consumption almost certainly contributed to the death of a seafarer.