Collision between beam trawler Philomena and general cargo vessel Union Arbo

Location: Off Newlyn, Cornwall, England.

Accident Investigation Report 19/2000

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons:

union arbo.pdf (1,180.49 kb)


On 2 September 1999, the beam trawler Philomena collided with cargo ship Union Arbo. The fishing vessel, on passage from the fishing grounds to Newlyn, England, failed to give way because the watchkeeper was distracted at the time. The master of the cargo ship delayed in taking avoiding action and the fishing vessel’s stem collided with his port bow. Both ships were damaged but made port without further incident.

Published: 20 June 2000

Published 23 January 2015