Fatality on ferry in heavy weather

One crew member died and another was seriously injured after an accident on passenger/cargo RoRo Euroferry Malta (IMO 9108556) during the morning of October 7th, while the ferry was en route from Cagliari to Porto Torres, Sardinia. The injured man was airlifted by helicopter to hospital. The accident was understood to have been caused by shifting cargo on the vehicles deck.

Shipowner Grimaldi Group said that Euroferry Malta left Cagliari, Sardinia on Sunday evening, bound for Porto Torres, a city on the opposite side of the island. She had about 90 heavy vehicles and 50 cars on board.

At about 10:00 on Monday morning, four members of her crew – all Bulgarian nationals – were making a round to inspect cargo on the upper deck, towards the bow. Grimaldi said that, according to preliminary reports, three crewmembers were injured and one was killed when a wave struck the ship. The captain of the Euroferry Malta informed the authorities in order to prepare for medical attention for the victims upon the vessel’s arrival. At 16:00 the Euroferry Malta moored in Porto Torres, where the wounded were landed and then transferred to the hospital in Sassari. The local harbourmaster’s office has begun an investigation into the incident.

Grimaldi said that “Grimaldi Group wishes to express its profound regret for what happened on the Euroferry Malta, as well as its [condolences] to the family of the deceased, to the other accident victims and their families, to whom it will provide the maximum support,”.

1995-built, Malta-flagged, 21,664 gt Euroferry Malta is owned by Malta Motorways of The Sea Ltd of Valletta, Malta. It is managed by Valiant Shipping SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Malta Motorways of the Sea, Ltd.