Crush incident on general cargo vessel Karina C with loss of 1 life

Marine Accident Investigation Branch

November 26
00:00 2020

Accident Investigation Report 18/2020

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken, and recommendations:

MAIB investigation report 18-2020: Karina C

Annexes to MAIB investigation report 18-2020: Karina C

Karina C starboard walkway showing stack of hatch covers


At 0945 on 24 May 2019, the second officer of the UK registered general cargo vessel Karina C was fatally injured when he was trapped between a stack of cargo hold hatch covers and a gantry crane used to move hatch covers. The ship was completing cargo operations and preparing to sail when the second officer, who was working on deck, climbed into a small gap between hatch covers and the stopped crane, probably to cross the vessel. Unseen by the crane operator, he was crushed when the crane moved, closing the gap.

Safety Issues

  • established safe working practices were not being followed by the two most senior personnel on deck
  • the companys drug and alcohol policy was not being effectively enforced
  • there was a delay of 4 months in reporting the accident as it was initially considered to have been due to a medical event

Statement from the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents


Recommendations (2020/134 and 2020/135 respectively) have been made to Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd to improve the safety culture on its ships and the level of crew compliance with established safe systems of work and to investigate alterations to crane movement warning systems.

Published 26 November 2020

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