DED Queried Over Ship Register Deaths


The Celtic League has addressed a query to the Department of Economic Development about the number of deaths at sea on Manx registered vessels since the Manx Ship Register was established.

The query follows the latest two fatalities on the vessel Sally Ann C.

The text of the letter to Minister Laurence Skelly is set out below:

“The Minister for Economic Development
Mr Laurence Skelly MHK
Department of Economic Development
St Georges Court
Upper Church Street
Isle of Man

9th October 2015

Dear Minister,

I noted with concern the recent Ship Register report on the fatalities on the Sally Ann C.

I note on the Ship Register web site other fatalities and injuries as follows:

Nordic Visby 2014 1 death (Electrocution)
Sharp Lady 2013 1 death (Asphyxiation) I injury
Ostende Max 2009 3 injuries (9 men died on the Formosaproduct Brick a Liberian registered tanker which was in collision with the Ostende Max)
CEC Pacific 2005 1 injury
Jokulfell 2005 11 deaths (Ship sank after cargo shifted)
Sallie Knutsen 2005 I death (Man crushed after crane failure)

Please feel free to advise if any of the information recorded is in your departments view incorrect.

Can you advise of any deaths or injuries which have occurred from the point at which the register is established up to 2004 (the point at which records appear on line)?

Can I also ask if your Department is satisfied with the safety situation at sea on Manx registered vessels given that if this number of deaths occurred on shore (for example in the construction industry on the Isle of Man) it would I feel sure be a course of major concern.

Yours sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League”

Related link on Celtic News:

Ship Register report on Sally Ann C:


Issued by: The Celtic News



The Celtic League established in 1961 has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It promotes cooperation between the countries and campaigns on a range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, military activity and socio-economic issues


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