NICOLAI MAERSK - Occupational accident on 26 April 2012.


On 26 April 2012, NICOLAI MAERSK arrived at Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Shortly after arrival at 1515 hours the ship began loading and unloading containers. 

During the stay in Jebel Ali, the ship was to receive lubricating oil both in bulk and in drums. The drums were to be hoisted on board by means of the aft stores crane. The lubricating oil in bulk was to arrive by truck and be pumped on board at the bunker station on the upper deck close to the gangway. 

In order to receive the oil, preparations were made to hoist on board the bunkering hose for lubri-cating oil. The intention was to use the fuel oil hose and Suez boat handling davit for hoisting the hose for the lubricating oil. While preparing the crane, the 2nd engineer for some reason mounted the emergency operation crank fitted on a shaft that is directly connected to the electric motor powering the crane. 

When mounting the emergency operation crank, he activated the lowering function on the remote control switch box whereby the crank started rotating at very high revolutions. The crank was hurled off and hit the engineer causing fatal injuries. 

The report can be downloaded in PDF format here.