Seatruck Consultative Procedure – RoRo Operations
Seatruck carried out extensive research into their operations following a fatal accident on the vehicle deck of a RoRo Ferry in July 2021. A member of the vessel crew suffered crushing injuries whilst marshalling tractor-unit drivers loading semi-trailers. Against Seatruck’s procedures, the crew member was positioned between a moving semi-trailer and vessel structure in the final bay of the loading operation.
Development of this procedure has been supported by vessel-based trials and internal consultation with ship’s crew and stevedores which is ongoing, therefore the information contained is provisional but is deemed to be of value to members. A follow-up Safety Bulletin will be sent out if the consultation leads to a significant change to the procedures detailed.
We are grateful to Seatruck for sharing a high impact procedural / process development for RoRo operations on vehicle decks and to PSS for drawing it to our attention. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others. If you have similar operations, please share this information with managers, operatives and any potentially affected third parties as appropriate. Please also review any of your relevant operations for similar hazardous conditions, risks, and controls.
Learning content like this is highly valuable as it is based on real-world experience. We encourage everyone with publishable information about incidents to send it to us, so that we can raise awareness across the whole industry. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org; sharing your insight could save a life or prevent injury