A lax culture of training and promotion has been implicated in the death of a third engineer on board a Schulte Group LPG/ethylene carrier.

India seafarer Rajendra Naidu Ponnada, born in 1989, died nine days after an accident on the 8,200-cbm Moritz Schulte (built 2002) in Antwerp on 4 August, 2020.

An investigation into the incident on the Isle of Man-flagged vessel by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found that the ship suffered an engine room fire while discharging a cargo of ethylene.