Crew Member Dies on Cargo Ship ATLANTIC PROJECT II

by | Feb 10, 2021 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

A crew member on the Russian cargo ship ATLANTIC PROJECT II tragically lost his life on February 9, 2021.  At the time the vessel was berthed in Antwerp.  While cargo operations were occurring, the worker was struck by a crane that was removing a cargo hold cover.  The worker was knocked into the cargo hold and died as a result.  The worker’s identity has not yet been released.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this tragedy.

The vessel is operated by New Jersey based Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers Inc., and the registered owner is Atlantic Project II Ltd.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  The fishing vessel Onega sank while in the Barents Sea on December 28, 2020.  On January 16, 2021, a small vessel sank in Alabama, resulting in at least one death.  On January 17, 2021, the Ukrainian cargo ship Arvin sank with 13 crew members on board.  Also on January 17, the supply ship Mermaid Challenger sank northeast of Borneo with 7 crew members on board.  On January 20, 2021, the general cargo ship SATYA BERJAYA sank while in the Java Sea.  The container ship Tanto Bersinar collided with the Tug Mitra Jaya XIX on January 23, 2021.  A worker on board a barge owned by Zito Fleeting fell overboard on January 26, 2021, when the vessel was in the Lower Mississippi River near Jefferson Heights in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.  The bulk carrier GIULIA I was struck by rough weather on January 26, 2021, resulting in one fatality and multiple injured crew men.  A small recreational boat capsized on January 29, 2021 in Avoyelles Parish, LA, killing one.  A recreational boat capsized on February 2, 2021 in San Augustine County, Texas.  A recreational boat struck a channel marker on February 2, 2021 in Rankin County, Pennsylvania, resulting in one death.

Every year numerous workers are injured during operations on a vessel, especially those involving cranes.  Crane operations are one of the most dangerous tasks that occur on a ship.  The goal for any safe offshore company must be to minimize risks involved in this dangerous task any time a lift is performed.  All workers involved in the work must ensure that hazards have been properly analyzed beforehand.  On November 29, 2020, a crew member lost his life during operations on a vessel in the Port of Houston.  A crew member on the general cargo vessel PADEREWSKI tragically lost his life on Sunday, December 20, 2020, while involved in operations involving the vessel’s crane.

Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another party. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in maritime injury cases involving crane incidents that occurred on a vessel.

The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an incident during crane use. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to vessel accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your rights.