After an elevator to the weatherdeck was rebuilt into a ramp, the door to the weatherdeck was also rebuilt into the guillotine type, opening and closing vertically. While the ship was being loaded a truck drove into the side of the door construction, and when it was operated later on the door would not close the last three metres.
One of the crew climbed up the ladder to try to repair the damage. The door then loosened from its frame and fell over the crewman and the ladder. Fortunately the lower part of the door did not come loose and a triangular space was formed underneath the door, which saved the crewman from being crushed to death. However, one of his legs was trapped and seriously injured when the ladder broke into several parts.
There were two other crewmembers close by who just managed to escape injury.
The investigation showed that the rebuilding, recently carried out, was extremely deficient. Complete plans of the design had not been submitted to the classification society’s head office for approval. Despite this, the society had locally approved the design without really knowing what they were approving. Reporting of the incident from the ship to the supervisory authority had been virtually omitted.
The Marine Department’s solicitors have filed a complaint to the police for omission to report. The accident investigation report for FESTIVO will be published very soon on www.transportstyrelsen.se.
SFu reg. no. 060502 TSS 2009-3101