Capsize and sinking of seine netter Premier with loss of 6 lives

Location: Off Lerwick, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report: Premier

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken, and recommendations:



The 22.5 metre seine net fishing vessel Premier capsized and later sank with the loss of six lives about 30 miles east of Lerwick, on the 12 December 1990.

Safety issues

The vessel foundering was a direct result of severe weather conditions. It is considered that the vessel whilst operating became overwhelmed by the sea during a storm and capsized.


Resulting from the investigation the report recommended that:

  • the guidance information on “freeing port areas” is fully implemented especially in the case of vessels fitted with half-shelters

  • in the longer term, consideration should be given to the fitting of full shelters on fishing vessels instead of half-shelters.

This report was published 27 February 1992.

Published 23 January 2015