Accident Investigation Report 21/2000
Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken and subsequent recommendations:
At 0607 Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC) on 14 June 1998, the UK registered fishing vessel Silvery Sea collided with the German registered container ship Merkur about 35 miles west of Esbjerg, Denmark. This caused Silvery Sea to founder with the loss of her five-man crew.
- Silvery Sea did not keep out of the way of Merkur
- Merkur’s chief officer did not take avoiding action sufficiently early to prevent a collision
Recommendations are made with regard to collision bulkheads in fishing vessels, to the researching of possible increased deadweight of RSW tanks due to the settling and compression of sand eels, and to the review of criteria for commissioning postmortem examinations following an accident.
This report was published on 6 July 2000.
Published 23 January 2015