Breaking away from moorings by dry cargo vessel Hemo resulting in contact with 2 other vessels and grounding

Location: River Trent, England.

Completed PE Summary: Hemo

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Hemo
Registered Owner/Manager Heiyo Funck
Port of Registry Saint John’s
Flag Antigua and Barbuda
Type Dry cargo, multi-deck
Built 1975
Classification Society Germanischer Lloyd
Construction Steel
Length Overall 81.49m
Gross Tonnage: 2240
Date and Time: 07/10/02, 1835
Location of Incident Trent River
Incident Type Collision
Persons Onboard 6 crew
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Material damage


The ship broke away from her moorings on the River Trent, and made contact with two other vessels before grounding.

Action taken:

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made recommendations to the ship manager with reference to:

  • The size of mooring ropes used in relation to the deck equipment fitted

  • Crew awareness of the tidal conditions in ports visited

  • The premature release of deck cargo lashings, particularly when a berth move is expected

As a result of the observations of inspectors during their visits to the ship, the Chief Inspector made further recommendations with reference to:

  • The provision of safe access when alongside

  • The use of personal protective equipment by visitors during cargo operations

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015