Collision between offshore supply and standby vessel Highland Pioneer and DA jack-up rig

Location: Off the Douglas offshore installation in Liverpool Bay, England.

Accident Investigation Report 15/2001

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons learned:

highland-pioneer.pdf (311.88 kb)


This reports the MAIB’s investigation into the collision between the offshore supply vessel Highland Pioneer and the DA jack-up rig off the Douglas offshore installation in Liverpool Bay, England on 27 January 2000.

The cause of the accident was that the master allowed Highland Pioneer, for a period of time, to approach the DA jack-up rig without properly monitoring her progress, until it was too late to avoid a collision.

The operators of the installation and Highland Pioneer have since implemented a number of actions, including a review of the responsibilities of stand-by vessels, revised guidelines on traffic management, the challenging of all vessels approaching the 500m safety zone around the installation, and bridge procedures and passage plans for supply vessels.

Published: 27 April 2001

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015