Sunday, 15 September 2019

Master of bulk carrier killed by snapped mooring line

Master of bulk carrier UNISON MEDAL was reportedly, hit by broken mooring line and died on the spot, in the morning Sep 10 at Ilo Port, Peru. According to the report, mooring line broke in strong wind, Master went to fore or aft, not clear, and when he was assessing situation, another mooring line snapped. The ship is docked at Ilo since Sep 8, loading copper concentrate.

Bulk carrier UNISON MEDAL, IMO 9687150, dwt 37431, built 2015, flag HK, manager UNISON MARINE CORP, Taiwan.

My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.

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