Collision between trawler Aquarius and oil tanker Alfa Germania

Location: Off Blyth, England.

Completed PE Summary: Aquarius/Alfa Germania

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel name   Aquarius
Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr Alan Joseph Gair
Port of registry:   Blyth
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish Catching/Processing
Built:   FV: 1980
Construction:   FV: Steel
Length overall:   FV:13.71
Gross tonnage:   FV:29.44
Date & Time   16/01/05 17:30
Location of incident:   Coastal Waters
Incident Type:   Collision
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage/No Pollution
Vessel name   Alfa Germania
Registered Owner & Manager:   Lundqvist Rederierna Ab
Port of registry:   Nassau
Flag:   Bahamas
Type:   Oil tanker
Built:   1998
Classification society:   Norske Veritas
Length overall:   248.
Gross tonnage:   56115.00
Date & Time   16/01/05 17:30
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   None


A fishing vessel returning to port and a large tanker were in collision in good visibility. There was some damage to the fishing vessel but no injuries or pollution.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to:

  • The skipper and co-owner of the fishing vessel regarding keeping a lookout at all times in the wheelhouse when at sea; using a radar range scale to give early warning of approaching vessels and ensuring that the watchkeeper is aware of the responsibility to keep a safe watch.

  • The chief officer of the tanker to remind him of Rule 34(d) of the Collision Regulations and that he could have taken earlier action to avoid the collision.

  • The MCA supporting the proposals for fishing vessel watchkeepers to be trained and certified.

All safety issues will be raised in a MAIB Safety Digest and in a Fishing Accident flyer.

Published 23 January 2015