Contact made by dredger/sand carrier Sand Kite with Thames Flood Barrier resulting in flooding and partial sinking of vessel

Location: River Thames, England.

Accident Investigation Report 2/1999

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

sandkite-pub-1999.pdf (4,325.70 kb)


On 27 October 1997 Sand Kite was making for a berth on the River Thames, England. While trying to navigate through one of the Thames Flood Barrier’s spans in thick fog, the dredger collided with one of the barrier’s concrete piers. There was extensive damage to vessel and superficial damage to barrier.

Published: 29 April 1999

Published 23 January 2015