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Russian Marine Pilot (61) killed in accident on 14 March 2021


by Frank Diegel - published on 17 March 2021 1209 -

In Novorossiysk (Russia, Black Sea), a marine pilot died during a pilot transfer and an investigation has been launched. The incident occurred on the evening of 14 March at about 21:40 (Moscow time).

The 61-years-old marine pilot died while disembarking an outgoing bulk carrier MARIA GS in the area of the entry buoys. He fell into the water from the pilot ladder, was raised from the water already in an unconscious state, doctors stated the death.

MARIA GS left Novorossiysk after the accident, bound for Libya.
Bulk carrier MARIA GS, IMO 9574195, dwt 28378, built 2011, flag Liberia, manager GS Maritime, Greece.

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A similar tragedy happened 2 years ago in the port of Tuapse (Russia, Black Sea). The transport prosecutor's office opened a criminal case on "violation of labor protection requirements." According to the investigation, the pilot fell overboard while transferring from the tanker to the tugboat after the completion of the pilotage of the tanker from the seaport area. The man drowned.
Port of Novorossiysk - open source
Port of Novorossiysk - open source
Port of Novorossiysk - open source
Port of Novorossiysk - open source
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Ivan Tikhonov Czech Republic
on 23 March 2021, 20:57 UTC

Additional information:
the official version - the pilot himself fell off the pilot ladder from the last step, the cause of death - heart failure.
the alternative version - the pilot fell off the ladder in unfavourable weather conditions (waves of more than 2 meters) due to unqualified actions of the ship's captain (who did not protect the disembarking side from wind and waves) and the pilot boat's captain (who did not prohibit the boarding of the pilot in unsafe conditions), as well as - the inexperience of the pilot, who did not require the fulfilment of obligations for the safe transfer of the pilot... as a rule, the vessel must make circulation to protect the "inner side" due to the drift of the vessel; many years ago (when the pilot company was private) Novorossiysk pilots went on a voyage (as passengers) to the Bosphorus if they could not disembark to the pilot boat.
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