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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Heiyo Funck
Port of registry:   Saint John’s
Flag:   Antigua & Barbuda
Type:   Dry cargo, multi-deck
Built:   1975
Classification society:   Germanischer Lloyd
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   81.49
Gross tonnage:   2240.00
Date & Time   07/10/02 18:35
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

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