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Lack of lashing led to Causeway accident, says inspector

[ January 17, 2020   //   ]

The chief inspector of marine accidents said that forecast weather conditions had not been considered and cargo was not lashed properly in a report into the accident to European Causeway on 18 December 2018. Freight vehicles shifted inside the vehicles deck of the ro-ro passenger ferry en route from Larne to Cairnryan. The inspector has also written to the senior management of short sea ferry companies around the UK to highlight the dangers posed by freight drivers remaining on vehicle decks, and to encourage them to take a collective approach to eliminate this dangerous practice. In addition to work already undertaken, the inspector also recommended that P&O Ferries enhances its safety management system, to provide ship’s crew with better guidance concerning the stowage and lashing of freight vehicles in adverse weather conditions.