Collision between pair trawlers Fertile II and Aquarius resulting in Fertile II sinking

Location: High seas.

Completed PE Summary: Fertile II/Aquarius

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel name   Fertile II
Registered Owner & Manager:   Buckie Inshore Fishselling Co Ltd
Port of registry:   Banff
Flag:   UK
Type:   Trawlers
Built:   1999
Construction:   Steel
Gross tonnage:   251.00
Date & Time   28/08/05 13:04
Location of incident:   Foreign high seas
Incident Type:   Collision
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Ship Lost
Vessel name   Aquarius
Registered Owner & Manager:   MB Aquarius Ltd
Port of registry:   Banff
Flag:   UK
Type:   Trawlers
Built:   1994
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   20.8
Gross tonnage:   189.00
Persons onboard:   5 Crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor damage

Synopsis

Two steel trawlers were pair trawling together and making their last haul before returning to shore when they collided, resulting in the sinking of Fertile II. All the vessel’s crew were rescued and returned to port safely, onboard Aquarius.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector wrote to the skipper of Aquarius regarding the standard of lookout, communications and maintenance procedures and to the skipper of Fertile II regarding the standard of lookout, communications, use of life saving equipment and the use of VHF in the initiation of a mayday call.


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