Research and analysis

Safety lessons: securing cargo before sailing

A safety message to the shipping industry on the importance of verifying vessel stability and cargo security.


MAIB safety flyer issued September 2009

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This summary concerns the stability of the cargo vessel Riverdance resulting in its grounding and stranding on the Shell Flats, off Cleveleys Beach, Lancashire after encountering poor weather.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 3 September 2009