Contact made by bulk carrier Amber with moored barges and its subsequent grounding

Location: Denton Wharf, Gravesend Reach on the River Thames, London.

Accident Investigation Report 22/2013

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

mvAmber.pdf (1,478.90 kb)

Annexes (2,692.32 kb)


On 15 November 2012 the bulk carrier Amber made contact with moored craft and grounded on the south shore of the River Thames, England shortly after departing from Tilbury power station. The vessel’s bridge team lost situational awareness in dense fog as the vessel manoeuvred from the berth on the north shore, before grounding on the opposite side of the river.

Amber’s shell plating was holed above the waterline as a result of the contact damage. A number of barges and other craft were damaged by the contact and one was set adrift when its moorings were broken.

Published: 24 October 2013

Published 23 January 2015