Contact by ro-ro cargo ferry Stena Gothica with jetty resulting in vessel flooding and listing

Location: Eastern approach jetty at the Port of Immingham, England.

Accident Investigation Report 39/2002

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At 0020 BST on 2 April 2002, the Swedish registered ro-ro vessel Stena Gothica struck the eastern jetty, during a spring ebb tide, while approaching Immingham lock. A 3- metre gash was sustained in the port side shell plating below the waterline, leading to a large ingress of water into the lower cargo hold.

Safety Issues

  • the master’s decision to take over the conduct of the navigation just before the approach to the lock entrance
  • the master under-estimating the strength of the tidal current
  • a missing fender on the eastern approach jetty at the position the vessel impacted, which had not been replaced by temporary fendering


Recommendations have been addressed to Stena Line and Associated British Ports (Humber) which, if implemented, will help to prevent a recurrence.

This report was published in December 2002.

Published 23 January 2015