24 Dec 2011

Fatal door closed faster than allowed

6:36 am on 24 December 2011

An inquiry into the death of a man aboard a cruise ship visting Napier in 2009 has found a watertight door that crushed him was set at almost twice the allowable closing speed.

The man became trapped in the door during an emergency drill while the Oceanic Discoverer was berthed at the Port of Napier.

The inquiry found the ship's watertight doors were normally set to local-control mode, meaning they would not automatically close after someone walked through them.

However, the doors were set to remote-close mode at the time of the incident.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission also found that an audible alarm warning the door was closing was not working.