Collision between container vessel Lephreeto and side trawler Mare Lycium resulting in trawler sinking

Location: Celtic Sea.

Completed PE Summary: Lephreeto/Mare Lycium

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Lephreeto
Registered Owner/Manager Jekita Ltd
Port of Registry Plymouth
Flag UK
Type Fish catching
Built 1961
Construction Steel
Length Overall 31.05m
Gross Tonnage 191.13
Date/Time 20/04/03, 1258
Location of Incident High seas
Incident Type Collision
Persons Onboard 16 crew
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Ship lost
Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel name Mare Lycium
Registered Owner/Manager Hansa Mare Reederei Gmbh & Co KG
Port of Registry Saint John’s
Flag Antigua & Barbuda
Type Dry cargo
Built 1999
Length Overall 260.7m
Gross Tonnage 40306
Date/Time 20/04/03, 1258
Location of Incident High seas
Persons Onboard 22 crew
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Minor damage


Collision between Antigua and Barbuda flag container ship, and the UK registered, fishing vessel Lephreeto.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made recommendations to the ship managers of both vessels with reference to:

  • The maintenance of a proper and effective lookout

  • The advantages of using an additional bridge lookout, even in open waters and in good visibility

  • The use of automatic detection aids fitted to radars

Published 23 January 2015