Maritime News

Seafarer killed doing a docker’s job

16 November 2018

A Filipino seafarer has died in Dublin, Ireland while carrying out work that should have been done by dockworkers. Dennis Gomez Regana was doing lashing work on board the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged Francop in Southbank Quay when a container struck him during lifting operations.

Extending their deepest condolences to Mr Regana’s family, the ITF and European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) said: “The case proves how vital it is that this kind of work is done by dockworkers, not seafarers.”

The ITF has criticised the practice of some shipowners and port operators who put pressure on crews to do the difficult and dangerous work of lashing and securing containers. It has consistently campaigned for this work to be carried out by trained dockers, allowing seafarers to rest in port and prepare for their next voyage. 

The tragic death is being investigated by Ireland’s Health and Safety Authority.

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