Collision between dry cargo vessel Hatsu Prima and tanker/combination carrier Gertrude

Location: The Malacca Straits, Malaysia.

Completed PE Summary: Hatsu Prima/Gertrude

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel name   Hatsu Prima
Registered Owner & Manager:   Hatsu Marine Ltd
Port of registry:   London
Flag:   UK
Type:   Dry Cargo Vessel
Built:   2003
Classification society:   Nippon Kaiji Kyokan
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   181.76
Gross tonnage:   17887.00
Date & Time   10/09/2005
Location of incident:   Foreign water
Incident Type:   Collision
Persons onboard:   18 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage/No Pollution
Vessel name   Gertrude
Registered Owner & Manager:   Dezandis
Port of registry:   Panama
Flag:   Panama
Type:   Tanker/Combination Carrier
Built:   1989
Classification society:   Nippon Kaiji Kyokan
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   107.
Gross tonnage:   4412.00
Persons onboard:   17 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Material Damage

Synopsis

The British flagged container vessel Hatsu Prima collided with the Panamanian flagged tanker Gertrude while overtaking her, in the Malacca Straits. Hatsu Prima sustained minor damage which was temporarily rapaired and was able to continue on her voyage. Gertrude sustained serious hull damage requiring repairs in Singapore. There were no injuries and there was no pollution as a result of the accident.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector wrote to both owners advising them to:

  • Ensure a proper lookout is kept on their vessels at all times.

  • Ensure ARPA alarm functions are used to give an officer of the watch timely warning of a close-quarters situation

The Chief Inspector also wrote to the owners of Hatsu Prima strongly advising them to:

  • Ensure all officers of the watch are sufficiently rested prior to taking over a navigational watch.

The Chief Inspector also wrote to the owners of Gertrude strongly advising them to:

  • Ensure masters are fully aware of the requirement to report an accident to the designated person ashore and the flag state as soon as possible.

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