Fatality and serious injuries on board a bulk carrier whilst underway
Giulia I departed from the port of Norfolk, USA, bound for Bizerte, Tunisia on 26 January 2021. During the voyage, the vessel experienced inclement weather and the voyage plan was progressively amended, based on the advice received from a weather routeing service. On 29 January 2021, the eductor was started to pump out the water from the forecastle store, which was found flooded. Next day, five deck crew members, including the deck cadet, were instructed to extract the remaining water from the forecastle store and chain lockers, using portable pumps. The vessel’s course was altered to minimize the rolling and pitching and thus, facilitate the safety of the deck ratings. Whilst the crew members were covering the spurling pipes, a large wave washed over the forecastle deck. All the crew members were swept across the forecastle. Injured crew members were helped back to the accommodation. The vessel diverted to a port but one of the injured crew members succumbed to his injuries whilst en route.
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