The capsizing and sinking of the heavy lift vessel GABRIELLA on 13 August 1986 is described. The accident occurred during the unloading of a 238-ton turning frame, part of the GABRIELLA's cargo, onto the wharf at Port Kembla, Australia, the vessel's destination. The cause of the accident was the breaking of one strand in the forward runner wire of the GABRIELLA's derrick. An inquiry, whose findings and recommendations are summarized, attributed the breakage to the considerable strength reduction caused by corrosion and abrasion of individual wires inside the rope. The lessons of the incident apply to all cases where wire ropes are being used at sea.

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  • Authors:
    • Parker, C J
  • Publication Date: 1988-8

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  • Pagination: 5 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00655771
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM