A 19-year-old trainee crew met with an fatal accident onboard MSC Damla (IMO 9250983) on 29th March, a spokesperson from the ship’s owner Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) confirmed.
The incident occurred on March 29, while the 6,266 TEU containership, owned by Meditteranean Shipping Company was berthed at the new DP World terminal in the Deurganck dock in Doel, reports Vessel Tracker.
The victim, Kshitji Singh Bisht, descended rarely used steep and narrow metal stairs into the 16-metre-deep hold after the alarm indicating presence of water and oil inside the hold went off. Reports cite that he would have probably slipped and struck on head.
Kshitji had done his first year of college at Training Ship Rehman and was on 18-months on board training as a sponsored cadet for MSC. He was to become 3rd Navigating Officer after his training for MSC. According to his brother Sagar, Kshitji was on board the ship in Brussels only two or three days before the accident took place.
An investigation into the incident was launched. The ship, MSC Damla left Antwerp and continued its voyage to Le Havre on March 30th.