Collision between aggregates dredger Sand Heron and trawler Celtit

Location: North East Traffic Lane, Dover Traffic Separation Scheme off the south east coast of England.

Accident Investigation Report 14/2002

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

celtit-and-sand-heron.pdf (155.30 kb)


At 1524, on 30 July 2001, the French fishing vessel Celtit collided with the UK aggregates dredger Sand Heron in the north-east traffic lane of the Dover TSS. Celtit was not fishing and had been the give-way vessel under the Collision Regulations.

Safety Issues

  • neither vessel correctly applied the Collision Regulations


Sand Heron’s owner is recommended to ensure that the second officer understands all the lessons to be learned from this accident

This report was published in April 2002.

Published 23 January 2015