Safety Alert: Marine Casualty Investigation Board report Arklow Clan
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The general cargo vessel “Arklow Clan”, berthed alongside at the Port of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK) during the afternoon of 11 August 2021, in ballast condition, and scheduled to commence loading a cargo of scrap metal in bulk the following morning. At around 17.49 hours (hrs), three crewmembers commenced lowering the walkway handrails in preparation for loading operations. Whilst lowering the handrails, the Second Officer lost his footing, falling around 3.6 metres (m) from the walkway to the quay below. As a result of the impact the Second Officer sustained serious injuries to both his legs, necessitating an extensive period of hospitalisation, multiple surgeries, and rehabilitation.
The incident is classed as a serious marine casualty due to the serious injuries sustained by a crewmember.
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