Collision between bulk carrier George Lyras and 5 unlit drifting barges
Location: Tilbury, River Thames, England.
Completed PE summary
|Registered Owner & Manager:||Paralos M. Paralos Maritime Corporat|
|Type:||Dry Cargo/Bulk Carrier|
|Classification society:||Lloyds Register|
|Date & Time||15/11/05 00:40|
|Location of incident:||Tilbury 5129.7N 00028.5E|
|Damage/ Pollution:||Material Damage/Pollution caused|
This bulk carrier collided with five unlit barges at night while outbound on the River Thames. The barges were drifting in the channel after their mooring had parted. A shackle in the mooring system had failed due to twisting which occurred after a swivel piece had been jammed but a wire/rope. The drifting barges were not noticed on the ship’s radar or by VTS.
To prevent a similar accident occurring in the future - the ship owner was advised to:
Ensure that an adequate lookout is maintained at all times, including proper monitoring of radars.
Ensure that the general alarm is sounded in similar circumstances.
- the port authority was advised to:
Ensure that customers using its moorings utilise appropriate securing methods.
Ensure that VTS screens are adequately monitored at all times.
- the barge operating company was advised to:
Ensure its employees use appropriate securing methods when tying up moorings.
Ensure that its safety management system includes lessons learned from this and previous accidents involving moorings.