The 46-year-old commenced his sea-career in 1980. Since 1987 he worked permanently as tugboat-Captain, first in Antwerp and Zeebrugge as well as on various seagoing tugs. Via the Dutch crewing agency TOS in Rotterdam he took command begin of this year on Fairplay-22 which was predominantly employed in the Port of Rotterdam, assisting seagoing ships. In this accident also the Polish engineer lost his life. Three crew-members survived the tragic accident.
Fairplay-22 was about to assist an inbound English ferry when she capsized. The police investigation has been finalized although still no report about the exact cause of the accident has been issued. Presently the casualty is being surveyed at a Dutch shipyard by insurance and owners representatives to estimate the possible repair-costs. Fairplay Towage in Hamburg meanwhile stated that the name Fairplay-22 will never be used again in their fleet of tug-boats. In Memoriam
Source: Press release Fairplay Towage and TOS