Contact and grounding of ro-ro passenger ferry Pride of Kent

Location: Port of Calais, France.

Accident Investigation Report 3/2019

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

MAIB investigation report 3-2019: Pride of Kent

Annexes to MAIB investigation report 3-2019: Pride of Kent

Pride of Kent

Image: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol


On 10 December 2017, the UK registered ro-ro passenger ferry Pride of Kent struck a jetty and then grounded while departing Calais, France. The ferry was re-floated later that day and subsequently moved to a berth where the passengers disembarked. The ferry’s starboard propeller and tail-shaft were damaged and required repair in dry dock. The jetty was also damaged. There were no injuries to crew or passengers and no pollution.

Safety lessons

  • control of the ferry during the turn towards the harbour entrance was lost due to the fast rate of turn, strong gale-force winds, use of full rudder and propeller pitch, and the tripping of one of the ferry’s bow thrusters

  • the omission of a departure briefing to the bridge team contributed to the master not being fully supported, and the helm not being closely monitored

  • the occasional tripping of bow thrusters and reduced engine speed and shaft speeds were associated with fuel pump issues experienced following a change to ultra-low sulphur fuel


In view of the actions already taken by P&O Ferries Limited, no safety recommendations have been made.

Published 21 February 2019