Inspection detains 39 historic sailing ships after fatal boom fracture | NOW


The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) detains 39 historic ships because of the lack of valid papers, the service reported on Thursday. The inspectorate decided to check a total of 250 ships of the so-called Brown Fleet because of a fatal accident in which a twelve-year-old girl was killed.

The accident happened on August 31 on the Wadden Sea near Harlingen. A boom broke off, which later turned out to be affected by wood rot.

The girl who was hit by the boom died on the spot from her injuries. She was on a sailing week with eleven other students.

The girl’s parents are holding the shipping company liable. The fatal accident could have been much worse, they say.

Several fatal accidents in recent years

In recent years there have been several fatal accidents on historic sailing ships. In 2016, three people died in an accident with the sailing ship Amicitia in Harlingen. The ship’s mast broke off due to wood rot.

In 2019, the industry was shocked by another fatal accident at a shipyard in Zaandam. Then the mast of a ship suddenly broke off due to wood rot and fell on an employee.

Three months ago, a man died after an accident on the charter ship Wilhelmina, which also has Harlingen as its home port. Then the steel boom fell off the ship, according to police.

The Dutch Safety Board (OVV) concluded in 2017 after an investigation that there was a lot wrong in the industry in the field of knowledge, maintenance and safety. For example, the mandatory inspections would not always be sufficient to discover wood rot in masts. Security measures would then be taken.


Source: NU by www.nu.nl.

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