Bourbon Dolphin: were earlier lessons been learned?News // April 23, 2007
The loss of Bourbon Dolphin in the North Sea is not the first time an anchor-handling tug supply vessel has sunk in such circumstances, notes UK union Nautilus UK.
A similar Danish ship - Stevns Power - was lost in just a minute while carrying out anchor-handling duties off West Africa in 2003, with the loss of 11 lives.
An official investigation report into the incident found that the Stevns Power had capsized rapidly after water flooded onto the deck and into the engineroom during a turn.
It highlighted problems including the training and experience of officers, fatigue and time pressures.
"Nautilus UK is concerned that lessons from the 2003 disaster have not been learned and believes that the investigation into the Bourbon Dolphin needs to consider such factors as ship design, commercial pressures, seafarer fatigue and training," said the union in a statement.