Crewmember Dies in Boarding Accident at Port of Algeciras
The tanker Bordeira was conducting a crew change near the port’s anchorage area, and one of the three disembarking crewmembers fell into the water. According to local outlet ABC Andalucia, he was caught on the ladder.
The pilot boat for the port of Algeciras responded to the scene, and one of the boat’s crewmembers dove into the water to rescue the man. The victim was recovered alive and conscious, but he had signs of hypothermia.
The pilot boat delivered him to the pier in the district of Saladillo, where an ambulance picked him up for transport to the local hospital. He died after his arrival.
An investigation into the circumstances of the casualty is under way.
Pilot ladder accidents are a persistent problem for shipping: underway boardings rank alongside lifeboat drills as some of the most dangerous evolutions on board seagoing vessels. The cause of Tuesday’s casualty has not been determined, but improperly rigged ladders are a commonplace occurrence in ports around the world.
Indian Master Hospitalized, Crew Under Quarantine
Tanker ARK PROGRESS arrived at Dumai, Indonesia, Malacca Strait, on Apr 28, from New Mangalore, India, for a cargo of palm oil. Several days later Master complained of having breath difficulties and fever, he was taken to hospital and sure enough, tested positive. All 23 Indian crew were tested, 4 are under self-quarantine, Master as of May 6, remained at hospital. Other crew are healthy, cargo operations continues, with of course, all the safety measures taken. Interestingly, Indonesian Maritime Authorities said in a recent statement with regards to this case, that the crew though Indians, weren’t in India for a long time, contradicting ship’s track records – tanker left New Mangalore on Apr 18.
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