Investigation of a marine casualty in international waters south of Sicily


On Sunday 24 February 2019, a crew member died in a casualty on board the vehicle carrier Höegh London. The vessel was on her way from the United States via Tangier to Gemlik (Turkey) for discharging.

The weather and sea conditions were adverse and some of the heavy cargo shifted and penetrated the hull. While inspecting the extension of the damage, a crew member was hit by heavy cargo and stuck between the cargo and the bulkhead. A rescue operation was initiated, and the injured crew member was transferred to the Italian Coast Guard and brought to the hospital, but his life could not be saved.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway has initiated an investigation of the accident, and two inspectors went on board to interview the crew and to determine the course of events.

Mediterranean Sea, international waters south of Sicily
Occurrence date
Accident category
Personal injury
International Waters
IMO number
Name of vessel
Höegh London
Accident type
Fatal Accident, Shifting cargo, Weather damage, Occupational accident
Vessel type
Misc. Ship
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