Maritime investigation report of the fatality onboard tanker NABUCCO on 26 JUN 2017


( On 26 June 2017, at 19:20, the chemical oil tanker Nabucco was all fastened and berthed port side alongside Associated British Ports (ABP) Terminal number 1 jetty in Saltend, Hull, United Kingdom (UK).

Two means of access were established. One gangway was installed to enable access in low water situation and the port side accommodation ladder was established for high water situations.

At around 22:50 the means of access were required to be changed as the tide was on the ebb and the accommodation ladder needed to be stowed away. The gangway was prepared for accessing the vessel.

The Chief Officer was working alone on the platform of the accommodation ladder and at 23:03 he fell from the accommodation ladder platform between the vessel and the quay into the water.

Despite intense search actions, the body of the Chief Officer was only discovered on 5 July 2017 some 30 km downstream.

Based on the findings of the safety investigation, the following safety recommendation was addressed to the vessel operator “Gesellschaft für Oeltransporte mbH“:

The Luxembourg Administration of Technical Investigations recommends that the vessel operator “Gesellschaft für Oeltransporte mbH“ evaluates its current level of SMS implementation together with all involved parties and, in respect of the results of the evaluation, takes corrective actions, where deemed necessary, to improve both the effectiveness of the operator’s SMS system and the level of safety culture on board its vessels.

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Source: Administration des enquêtes techniques (AET)







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