Gangway Failure – LTI


In March we unfortunately experienced a high severity LTI in Argentina involving an improperly secured gangway, resulting in the IP falling into the water, sustaining several injuries in his fall, including a fractured upper jaw. The incident could have potentially been fatal.

What Happened: The IP were to start his shift and boarded the vessel during the early hours of the morning using the gangway, which was well lighted. When walking on the gangway, the gangway turned 90 degrees rapidly, which resulted in the IP falling several meters from the gangway into the water in between the quayside and the vessel. On his way down he severely injured his head after a hard impact. The IP managed to climb back onboard and was subsequently send to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured upper jaw and multiple bruises.

Why did it happen: As seen in the picture, the gangway arrangement hooks were resting on the handrail, marked with a red circle. Due to the gangway not being fully secured, movement of the gangway on the handrail was possible due to vessel movement caused by tide or by passing vessels, compromising the resting position of the hook.

This condition was not recognized by the IP, hence unaware that the gangway was not safe to use.

Root Causes:

• Inadequate gangway arrangements

• Gangway not properly secured

Vessel Actions – Safe Access, HMS 09-007:

Vessels should ensure, that the gangway is properly secured to the vessel. If the gangway isn’t fitted with a securing locking mechanism, the gangway must be secured to the vessel by other means.


• Vessels should ensure, that the gangway arrangement is resting safely on the quayside.

• Weather and tidal conditions are to be considered when assessing the safety of the gangway arrangements.

• Vessels should ensure that lighting arrangements illuminating the gangway and quayside arrangements are adequate, and allows for safe access and egress during hours of darkness.