Accident Investigation Report 4/2000
Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:
On 9 March 1999, a collision occurred 12 miles south-east of the River Tyne, England, between the stern trawler Beverley Ann II, and ro-ro cargo/vehicle carrier Cypress Pass. The bridge crew on Cypress Pass did not observe the fishing vessel either by radar or visually. The skipper on Beverley Ann II observed the ship on radar but took no avoiding action until it appeared at short range bearing down on him. The skipper then stopped and reversed both engines but his port bow and mast made contact with the ship causing slight damage. The watchkeepers of Cypress Pass remained unaware of the fishing vessel and the collision until the skipper of Beverley Ann II made contact via VHF radio.
Published: 15 February 2000