A Filipino seafarer died after a
container struck him at Southbank Quay, Ringsend, Dublin, on November 14, when
he was doing lashing work while container lifting operations were underway,
the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) informed.
The ill-fated mariner was a crew member of the Antigua and
Barbuda-flagged containership MV Francop.
The 2003-built vessel arrived to Dublin from Maasvlakte,
Rotterdam, on November 12, based on its latest AIS data.
“Our thoughts go out to the
family, friends and fellow crew members of Dennis Gomez Regana. But let’s be
clear, he never should have been put in this dangerous position,” ITF’s
maritime coordinator, Jacqueline Smith said.
“When a ship gets to port the seafarers
on board have done their work, they should be maintaining their ship and
resting. The very last thing they should be doing is the difficult and
dangerous work of lashing and securing containers. The work should be left to
dockers who have the training and experience to do it more safely.”
“The ITF and ETF are clear that it
is better for dockers and seafarers if this work is done by dock workers.
Lashing is dockers work, full stop,” ITF dockers
section representative Peter Lahay added.
“We must put an end to
unscrupulous shipowners and port operators putting pressure on seafarers to do
lashing and securing. I hope they take notice of this tragedy today and change
their ways, if they don’t then more seafarers will be seriously hurt or
The Irish authorities have launched an investigation into the