An OS of a ship lost his life while entering a tank to recover a maintenance hatch cover, which has become dislodged from the deck in the lower tank dome. Find out more about the unfortunate incident inside the article.
Fatal Accidents onboard ships
A bulk carrier sank and 16 crew members were lost because of possible liquefaction from loading ‘raw, unwashed’ bauxite with high moisture content. Learn more about the unfortunate incident inside the article.
While lashing the cargo grab, a large wave washed on deck and the grab was pushed aft and to starboard, crushing one crew member between the grab and ship structure. Read more about the unfortunate accident inside the article.
A crew member loses his life after falling overboard between the ship and the dock while working on the deck. Read inside the article to find more about the incident.
Unsafe cargo and unsafe anchorage leads to sinking of a bulk carrier. More than 600 tonnes of oil leaked into the sea and took more than three months to clean up. Learn more about the accident inside.
An experienced ordinary seaman (OS) lost his life when he went down the accommodation ladder in order to set the railings and the lower platform. Read more about the unfortunate accident inside the article.
A ship’s bosun dies while using a provision basket for cleaning engine room vent on board a ship. Learn more about the unfortunate accident inside the article.
Five workers died in a tank while repairing a ‘largo’ pontoon as no enclosed space entry precautions were taken.
A mooring rope parted at a point about 14 metres from the eye and hit the head of the ship’s OS, leaving him prone and bleeding between the mooring winch and the control stand. He was later declared dead at the hospital that same evening. Find out more about the accident inside the article.
The body of ship’s bosun was recovered after five days of accident, which occurred when he was securing the port lifeboat for sea. Find out more about the unfortunate accident inside the article.
Stevedores were securing containers on board a vessel with chain slings. During the securing of one container, the chain broke at the hook and hit a stevedore on the head.
Routine ’travelling manoeuvres’ of the vessel’s gantry crane by a ship’s officer were being undertaken at port. The assistant electrician, probably standing near the top of the hatch access ladder, was caught and fatally crushed between the hatch lifting hook and the guide beam of the moving gantry crane. Read more about the unfortunate accident inside the article.
The ship’s duty officer instructed a crew member to get samples of the cargo by entering the hold number six through the trunk that housed the Australian Ladder. The crew member never came back.
The crew of a large vehicle carrier was concluding a routine launching drill of the rescue boat in port. As the craft was coming up to its normal stowage position, a proximity sensor/limit or cut-off switch arrangement, that was designed to cut electrical power to the winch motor failed to operate correctly.
A ship’s fourth engineer lost his life from an observation glass explosion when he was draining accumulated water (condensate) from the main and auxiliary air receivers during his engine room checks. Read more about the cause of this unfortunate accident inside the article.
An unmanned, decommissioned fisheries protection vessel was under tow when it developed a list of about 10 degrees to port. The towed vessel sank while rectifying the issue. Read more inside the article.
A stevedore dies on board a general cargo roll-on/roll-off ship in Webb Dock, Melbourne after getting hit by a trailer during loading operations. Read more about the accident report issued by ATSB.
A junior engineer dies due to electrocution while assisting the electrician working on ship’s forward electric cargo crane. Read more about the incident inside the article.
After cleaning cargo hold, a crew member while climbing the portable ladder lost his balance and fell to the tank top. The victim was taken to the hospital but unfortunately, eight days later he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Read inside the article to know more.
The chief engineer of a small passenger ferry dies during a fire and emergency drill, which included closing and testing the hydraulically operated watertight doors. Read the article to know more about the accident.
A deck cadet died on a bulk carrier as a result of shock and haemorrhage following multiple crush injuries. Read more about the real life incident in the article inside.
After a stevedore slipped and fell into a gap between logs on a log vessel, three others attempted to rescue him. All four unconscious stevedores were brought out with great difficulty from narrow spaces between logs. The hospital declared them “dead on arrival”.
An able seaman onboard a general cargo vessel was found dead in his cabin during the voyage. Four days previously, the vessel had loaded a grain cargo which had required in-transit fumigation.
A ship’s bosun falls from the accommodation ladder while disconnecting the latching mechanism which secured the pilot ladder to the accommodation ladder. His body was found three weeks later. Read inside the article for full details.