The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued a summary of its preliminary examination of an incident involving the collapse of a provisions loading crane on a ship. The crane was being used to load stores from a barge alongside when it suddenly detached from its mountings and fell onto the barge. The bosun working the crane was injured. Investigation revealed that the nuts and bolts on the pedestal mounting ring were severely corroded. The corrosion had not been noticed in any of the examinations and surveys performed on a regular basis over prior years. Both the vessel’s management company and its classification society have been advised of the shortcomings.
Source: HK Law