The death of a Chinese sailor aboard the "Wah Shan" whose neck was broken on board a ship en route to Immingham was an accident, an inquest jury has concluded. At 7 a.m. that day the crewcame to send the messenger line to attach to the tug which assisted the vessel through the Humber estuary into Immingham Docks. . The messenger line slipped off the end of the warping drum and struck him on the neck. The injury suffered by Mr Wang was extremely severe and it was very unlikely that either the crew or pilots could have saved his life. The post-mortem found that the man died instantly. He became entangled with the rope, which caused extensive bruising around his neck. There was a scar from one side of his neck around to the other side, and right up to the base of his skull. The cause of death was a fracture dislocation of the cervical spine, and he was pronounced dead at 8.15 a.m. that day. The examination also found that hehad traces of ethanol in his blood, yet the investigation concluded that there was no evidence to suggest the effects of alcohol contributed to the accident.
The probe, carried out by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), found that the second officer, who was in charge of the operation on the deck, demonstrated very poor leadership. The investigating team have written to the builders of the ship, CSBC Corporation, who are based in Taiwan, to highlight the importance of considering safe working methods when designing vessels. The investigation found that the risks involved in securing the wires had not been properly considered, and the aft mooring party used poor seamanship practices and did not function as an effective team. Coroner Paul Kelly, presiding over the inquest at Cleethorpes Town Hall, concluded that there was nothing suspicious about the incident and the jury were right to record the death as accidental.
Damen Shipyards Group delivered the fifth Platform Supply Vessel in a series of six to World Wide Supply of Norway on December 5. World Opal is a Damen PSV 3300 CD. The first ship, World Diamond, was delivered in July and the last in the series ‘World Sapphire’ is due to be delivered mid-December.
Coast Guard approved transit plan - tug on the move
The Coast Guard approved a transit plan for the "Stephen L. Colby" on Dec 11. The tug, however, was to be decontaminated before getting underway to St. Louis. The vessel left LEClaire on Dec 12 and was expected to be in St. Louis within a week. Three holes on the hull of the Stephen L. Colby had been patched before. Approximately 38,900 gallons of oily-water mixture has been recovered from the river, 89,000 gallons of oily-water mixture recovered from the "Stephen L. Colby" and more than 6,900 cubic feet of oily waste has been collected. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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