Research and analysis

Safety lessons: assisting pilots to ensure safe passage for ships

A safety message to the shipping industry highlighting how shortcomings in communication between a distracted master and a pilot led to a ship grounding.


MAIB safety flyer issued September 2008

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This summary concerns the grounding of cargo vessel Sea Mithril near Flixborough Wharf while being steered by its master with a pilot on board.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 26 September 2008