Collision between stern trawler Aspire and scallop dredger Mariscos

Location: Off east coast of Northern Ireland.

Completed PE Summary: Aspire/Mariscos

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel name   Aspire
Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr P McMullan
Port of registry:   Belfast
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish Catching/Processing
Built:   1976
Construction:   Wood
Length overall:   22.66
Gross tonnage:   138.00
Date & Time   18/12/02 11:42
Location of incident:   Northern Irish coastal waters
Incident Type:   Collision
Persons onboard:   4 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   None
Vessel name   Mariscos
Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr I J Eccles
Port of registry:   Portsmouth
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish catching/processing
Built:   1986
Length overall:   9.88
Gross tonnage:   8.14
Date & Time   18/12/02 11:42
Location of incident:   Northern Irish coastal waters
Incident Type:   Collision
Persons onboard:   2 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   2 injured crew
Damage/ Pollution:   None

Synopsis

Collision between fv Aspire, which was returning to harbour, and fv Mariscos, a scallop dredger, which was stationary while working her catch.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made recommendations to the owners of both vessels with reference to:

  • The need to maintain a vigilant lookout at all times when at sea

A recommendation was also made to the owner of aspire concerning:

  • The identification of measures to reduce the risk of collision caused by poor lookout from the wheelhouse

A further recommendation was also made to the owners of Mariscos with reference to:

  • The making of assumptions regarding the actions of other vessels

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