Unsuitable equipment, inadequate work procedures led to 2017 per

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SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada

QUÉBEC, Nov. 2, 2018 /CNW/ - In its investigation report (M17C0232) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that unsuitable equipment and inadequate work procedures on the general cargo vessel Amazoneborg led to a crewmember falling overboard and subsequently losing his life.

On 29 September 2017, the general cargo vessel Amazoneborg was docked in the Port of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The third officer was assigned to take the vessel's draft measurements as part of routine cargo operations. Some time after going to read the draft marks amidships on the seaward side, the third officer was reported missing. Search and rescue authorities conducted a search of the area without success. The third officer's body was found eight days later near Champlain, Quebec.

The investigation found that the third officer used a rope ladder to read the seaward draft marks in the middle of the vessel. When resting flat against the vessel's hull, this ladder leaves little room for hand and foot holds, making it unsuitable for this task. Additionally, the ladder was rigged to the guardrail in such a way that there was no safe way to access the ladd....

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