Capsize of twin beam trawler Sally Jane

Location: Alongside in Aldrington Basin of Shoreham Harbour, England.

Accident Investigation Report: Sally Jane

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

sally jane.pdf (724.21 kb)


Sally Jane, a twin beam trawler of 11m registered Iength, capsized at about 1300 on 27 July 1998 while alongside in the Aldrington Basin of Shoreham harbour. At the time the crew were repairing both sets of fishing gear which had been hauled up to the derrick heads. The crew of three abandoned the vessel when they saw it was going to capsize Weather conditions were good and were not a factor in the accident No one was injured.

Safety Issues

There was insufficient data on the condition of the vessel before she capsized to determine the underlying cause, but it was probably either a reduction in the vessel’s stability due to the refit or an imbalance between the derrick loads.


Two recommendations have been made. One is addressed to the owner. to include in the trim and stability book the condition with the trawl gear aloft for repair. The second is to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on the stability of twin beam trawlers.

This report was published in 1999.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015