One seafarer dies on bulk carrier during Atlantic Storm – three others injured

A crew member of bulk carrier Giulia 1 (IMO 9638135) died and three others were injured after their ship was hit by a large wave on Saturday January 30th when the bulker was about 320 miles southeast of Nova Scotia.

The vessel had departed Norfolk, Virginia on January 26th en route to Africa. Following the incident the vessel turned round an headed for Halifax, where it arrived on January 31st.

A strong low pressure system was in place off the northeast coast of the US over the weekend which was forecast to produce wave heights of up to 52ft.

There were 20 Filipino crewmembers onboard. Just after 14:00 local time on Saturday the vessel issued a distress call, reporting that the vessel had been struck by a very large wave. A 30-year-old sailor died of the injuries he sustained while three others from the crew suffered injuries.

The Halifax Regional Police were on hand when the vessel arrived at the Port of Halifax.

Karl Risser, an inspector with the International Transport Workers Federation, spoke told CBC after meeting the crew that they had been “understandably shaken up,” by the accident. He said that the ITF was working to provide the crew with assistance. It was also seeing if Canada’s current travel restrictions might permit the crew to go on shore leave.

Transport Canada said it would be inspecting the vessel for possible damage from the storm, and would also be ensuring that it was properly manned before proceeding on its voyage. They also reported that they would confirm that the vessel was in compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention regarding the welfare and rights of the crew. Transport Canada has restricted the vessel from departing port pending the completion of the Port State Control compliance inspection.

Because there was a death aboard the ship, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will also be reviewing the circumstances.

As of February 4th it remained moored in Halifax, Nova Scotia

2014-built, Malta-flagged, 25,303 gt Giulia I is owned by VSL Dry Bulk Ltd care of d’Amico Dry DAC of Dublin, Ireland. It is managed by D’Amico Dry DAC of the same address. ISM manager is Ships Surveys & Services SRL of Naples, Italy. It is entered with Standard Club (European Division) on behalf of VSL Dry Bulk Ltd.