Posted on February 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A tragic accident occurred onboard the Saudi-Arabian-flagged bulk carrier, Bahri Bulk, while the vessel was berthed at Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
The carrier had arrived at the port of Dammam on February the 24th, having originally sailed from San Lorenzo, Brazil with a cargo of wheat bran pellets.
An AB entered the closed hold and proceeded to collapse.
The Ship Master and Chief Officer rushed to assist the unfortunate seafarer but also collapsed in turn.
They were immediately taken to a hospital for treatment but died in intensive care.
The Master of the vessel was a Ukrainian national while the Chief Officer and the AB were of Indian nationality.
Unfortunately, confined space accidents are a common cause of death for seafarers working in cargo vessels.
Every year we receive countless reports of accidental deaths as a result of working in confined spaces that could have been avoided by following proper procedure.
We urge every seafarer that operates under such conditions to make sure and take all the necessary precautions before engaging in potentially hazardous activities, and to educate themselves fully when it comes to working in confined space
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with this leaflet published by HSE.
Image courtesy of Marine Traffic.