Collision between bulk carrier Seagate and refrigerated-cargo vessel Timor Stream

Location: 24 nm north of the Dominican Republic.

Accident Investigation Report 17/2013

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

Seagate-ReportWeb.pdf (4,833.21 kb)

Annexes (9,917.59 kb)


On 10 March 2012 at 0540 local time, the bulk carrier Seagate collided with the refrigerated-cargo ship Timor Stream 24 nautical miles north of the Dominican Republic.

Safety Issues

  • poor watchkeeping standards driven by complacency
  • the officer in charge of the navigational watch on both vessels failed to keep a proper lookout, did not assess the risk of, or take appropriate action to avoid the collision


The managers of both vessels have taken action designed to prevent similar accidents in the future which address the safety issues identified in our investigation. Accordingly, no recommendations have been issued with our report.

This report was published on 26 June 2013.

Published 23 January 2015