Close-quarters situation between tankers Rubino and Linda Kosan

Location: Humber Traffic Separation Scheme, England.

Completed PE Summary: Rubino/Linda Kosan

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel name   Rubino
Registered Owner & Manager:   FINBETA
Port of registry:   Savona
Flag:   Italy
Type:   Tanker
Built:   1992
Classification society:   American Bureau
Construction:   Steel
Gross tonnage:   5045.00
Date & Time   21/01/06 23:30
Location of incident:   Coastal water
Incident Type:   Hazardous Incident
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   None
Vessel name   Linda Kosan
Registered Owner & Manager:   Lauritzen Kosan Tankers
Port of registry:   Douglas
Flag:   Isle of Man
Type:   Tanker/Combination Carrier
Built:   1992
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   74.6
Gross tonnage:   2223.00
Date & Time   21/01/06 23:30
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   None


The vessels were transiting the Humber Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the precautionary area near Spurn light float. The outbound vessel had just dropped her pilot, and the inbound vessel was slowing to pick up her pilot. The out-bound vessel altered to port across the bow of the in-bound vessel causing it to carry out an emergency manoeuvre to avoid collision. This incident was recorded by the VTS radar.

Action taken:

A safety digest article has been written and the chief inspector has written to the following:

ABP Humber with a recommendation to carefully monitor incidents in the vicinity of the pilot boarding ground and, if necessary, re-assess its position,

Owners of Rubino copied to Italian administration stating our concern that COLREGS were not followed,

Owners of Linda Kosan copied to Isle of Man administration complementing the master on an effective collision avoidance manoeuvre.

Published 23 January 2015