(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the 9 March 2019 casualty onboard the tanker Giovanni DP.
The vessel was on an ocean passage towards Antwerp, Belgium. The crew were all mustered to carry out an abandon ship drill.
While carrying out a test of the free-fall lifeboat’s release hook, the lifeboat was inadvertently released into the water with the chief officer on board.
Both the chief officer and the lifeboat were recovered successfully, although the chief officer was seriously injured.
The immediate cause of the accident was the failure of the lifeboat maintenance chain.
In all probability, the maintenance chain of the lifeboat failed, due to the high hardness in the steel.
Click below to download the Malta Marine Safety Final Investigation report
Source: Transport Malta