On Saturday 23 November 2019 at 16.40 hours, close to Mumbai, India, an able body seaman (AB) fell from a grab on one of the ship’s cranes on board the Dutch bulk carrier Zealand Rotterdam. The AB fell onto the main deck below, suffering fatal injuries. The accident took place at a sea anchorage.
While preparing to unload the cargo, the victim climbed onto a grab of one of the ship's cranes. When the AB on the grab was still working to release the lashing on the grab, the lifting block on the crane made a sudden swinging motion, colliding with the AB. The crew member then fell over backwards and landed on the deck below, on his head. During the investigation, it was not possible to determine with certainty the cause of the sudden swinging of the lifting block.