On Wednesday 15 November 2017, the Dutch freighter Lady Christina was moored in the port of Rauma (Finland), where it had unloaded a cargo of china clay. After the unloading, the ship was cleaned by the crew. During the cleaning work, the ship’s crane moved over the hatch coaming, which was cleaned from the crane. At around 9.30 hours, a Filipino crew member was found on the port gangway. The crew member was found with a very serious injury to the neck. It was immediately clear that the victim was dead. It is highly probable that the crew member became trapped between the crane moving on the hatch coaming and a horizontal structural element in the gangway.
This accident is classified as a very serious accident as referred to in the Casualty Investigation Code of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and EU Directive 2009/18/EC. This means that the Netherlands, as the vessel’s flag state, is obliged to ensure that an investigation is conducted. This investigative duty is also set out in the Dutch Safety Board Decree. Immediately after the accident, investigators have travelled to the accident site.
In addition, technical and forensic investigations were carried out by the Dutch police at the location on board where the victim was found.