Research and analysis

Safety lessons: watchkeeper fatigue/abandoning a vessel

Summary of the grounding and foundering of fishing vessel Kerloch, highlighting ways to keep watchkeepers alert and abandonment procedures.


MAIB safety flyer issued October 2010

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This safety message concerns the grounding and foundering of a fishing vessel due to watchkeeper fatigue. It also explains where the abandonment, although successful, could have been improved. The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry
Published 6 October 2010