Posted on September 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Master of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, UNISON MEDAL, was killed during an accident that occurred in the morning hours of September the 10th while the vessel was docked at the port of Ilo, Peru.

The vessel was engaged in cargo operations at the time, as it had stopped in port in order to take on a load of copper concentrate.

According to initial reports, the Master witnessed a mooring line parting, and so left his cabin in order to determine what was going on.  At that time, a second line parted from the vessel, striking and killing him outright.

Mooring line accidents are one of the most dangerous risks that a seafarer can face while on the job. They are an unfortunately common phenomenon in the maritime industry, but the risk can be managed if proper measures are taken.

UK P&I has issued a series of guidelines that seafarers can follow in order to minimize mooring incidents.

Click here for more information.


The Unison Medal is a 2015-built handysize bulker operated out of Taiwan.

Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic

Posted in Safety , Accident , Death , Peru , South America

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