MAIB issues ferry safety warning following overturned lorries incident

On Tuesday, December 18 last, several vehicles were crushed after lorries overturned on a ferry sailing from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

The event prompted a major emergency response at Cairnryan port in Scotland. Fortunately no one was injured.

Now, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has found that six drivers were in their lorries at the time of the incident and has issued a warning to drivers that remain in the cab of their lorry while on board a ro-ro deck of a ferry.

In a statement, MAIB highlighted the following points:

  • While a ferry is at sea, the  decks should be occupied by only trained professional seafarers who are required to undertake safety and security patrols
  • Drivers who remain on the vehicle deck of  passenger ferries pose a danger to themselves and can cause delay in emergency response
  • Drivers who remain in their vehicle cabs could be in danger of asphyxiation by fire, or as a result of the fire suppression systems that may be released by ship’s staff