Collision between tug Christos XXII and its tow, former fisheries protection vessel Emsstrom which later sank

Location: Off Hope’s Nose, Tor Bay, England.

Accident Investigation Report 10/2014

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

ChristosXXII.pdf (467.75 kb)


Christos XXII

On 13 January 2013, the tug Christos XXII was struck by its tow, the former fisheries protection vessel Emsstrom, while anchoring off Hope’s Nose, Tor Bay, England. Christos XXII’s master had anchored to investigate why Emsstrom had developed a list while under tow. Unfamiliar with the tidal waters and not taking the conditions into account, the skipper anchored Christos XXII downtide of Emsstrom. Emstrom was carried by the tide into the stationary Christos XXII.

Christos XXII was holed and required significant assistance to control subsequent flooding. Emsstrom sank the following day.

Published: 10 April 2014

Published 23 January 2015