Collision between general cargo vessel Plato and twin-rig trawler Golden Bells II

Location: Irish Sea.

Completed PE Summary: Plato/Golden Bells II

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel Name   Golden Bells II
Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr Kenneth Hubert Patterson
Port of registry:   Newry
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish catching/processing
Built:   1981
Construction:   Wood
Length overall:   16.92
Gross tonnage:   24.94
Date & Time   22/11/05 02:08
Location of incident:   5355.0N 00518.0W
Incident Type:   Collision
Persons onboard:   5 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Material damage/No pollution
Vessel name   Plato
Registered Owner & Manager:   Wilson Ship Management (Bergen) AS
Port of registry:   Bridgetown
Flag:   Barbados
Type:   General Cargo
Built:   1989
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   88.
Gross tonnage:   1990.0
Incident Type:   Collision
Persons onboard:   8 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage


The laden general cargo vessel, Plato was in collision with the fishing vessel Golden Bells II in good visibility.

The Officer of the Watch on Plato was carrying out chart corrections at the time; Golden Bells II was trawling.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the owners of Plato to highlight the following:

  • The proper allocation of the collision regulations with special regard to look-out procedures;

  • The obligation to report collisions to the coastal authorities and to render assistance to the other vessel involved until it is established that assistance is no longer required.

The Chief Inspector has also written to the owners of Golden Bells II with regard to:

  • Collision detection training;

  • Following of skipper’s standing orders.

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