Crew Member Goes Overboard from Tanker Ship GHIBLI

by | Sep 16, 2023 | Maritime Law, Offshore accidents, Personal Injury

There was an incident on the products tanker ship GHIBLI on September 13, 2023.  At the time of the incident, the vessel was off the coast of Galveston, Texas.  According to reports, a crew member went overboard from the vessel.  The Coast Guard engaged in search and rescue operations, and a helicopter was able to rescue the crew member.  He was transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston for care.

The product tanker is owned by Ghibli Shipping BV, and operated by Marwave Shipmanagement.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  A barge caught fire in Mobile, Alabama on September 1, 2023.  A pontoon boat crashed into a guardrail in McHenry County, Illinois on September 4, 2023.  A sailboat caught fire near the Humble Channel in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 10, 2023.  The container ship CHIAPAS STAR developed a list and partially capsized on September 11, 2023.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe offshore vessel owners and operators must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of hard working men and women at risk.  Safe companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, to also ensure that the environment is not impacted.

Even when a company has practices and procedures in place to prevent incidents like this, mishaps such as the one described above are cannot be completely eliminated.  All too often, human error and negligence are the reasons for these vessel collisions.  Whether it is due to poor judgment, a normalization of deviance from the proper procedures or a lack of proper rest and recovery, humans err and sometimes these errors result in the property damage, injury or death.  Operating modern sea vessels is not an inherently unsafe act as long as those responsible do so in such a manner that is not negligent. When the operation of sea vessels is conducted in a negligent manner, it does not take long for the situation to become dangerous.

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