|Document ID (ISN)||68396|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0143-5353 - Occupational Safety and Health
|Convention or series no.
||Herald of Free Enterprise: Report retrospective
||Nov. 1996, Vol.26, No.11, p.38-43. Illus.
||This report reviews the accident in which the British roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry (Herald of Free Enterprise) capsized on 6 March 1987 near Zeebrugge, on the Belgian coast. The direct cause was the inflow of water through the bow door, which had not been shut (contrary to ship's standing orders). Although the ship did not entirely sink, a large number of passengers and crew were trapped inside and died. The report analyzes the reasons why the rescue organization failed. Among other causes: negligence of the captain and officers; passenger overloading; lack of electronic monitoring of the doors; difficulties in having access to lifejackets etc. Comments and recommendations are made relating to the safety, loading and stability of the ship and to life-saving measures in such emergencies.
||analysis of accident causes; accident investigation; sea transport; roll-on roll-off ships
||Belgium; United Kingdom; cost of accidents; report on investigation; human factors
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Transport and communications
|Broad subject area(s)
||Fires, explosions and major hazards