Completed PE summary: George Lyras
A short summary of the accident and action taken:
||Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
||Paralos M. Paralos Maritime Corporat
||Dry cargo/Bulk carrier
|Date and Time
|Location of Incident
||Tilbury, 51 29.7N 000 28.5E
||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:
- the barge operating company was advised to:
Published 23 January 2015