MAIB Report: Injury on flag-of-convenience vessel from ineffective safety management

On April 9, 2014 the Panamanian-flag vessel NAGATO REEFER was conducting an abandoned ship drill in Southampton, UK. During the drill the lifeboat was released from its davit and it struck a crewman.

The investigation found “that the management of safety on board Nagato Reefer was ineffective, and there was evidence of a poor safety culture both on board and in the management of the company. Specific areas of concern included a breakdown in trust and communication among the crew, failure to conduct drills and essential maintenance, and the falsification of records.”

This report illustrates the multiple problems this ship had due to the failure by the owner, crew, and flag-state to adequately implement and effective safety management plan.  The complete report is at this link.



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