Contact made by general cargo vessel Silves with quay

Location: No 7 berth, North Quay, Montrose, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Silves

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel name:   Silves
Registered owner:   Naveiro-Transportes Marítimos
Port of registry:   Madeira
Flag:   Portugal
Type:   General Cargo
Built:   2008 in Pontevedra, Spain
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   89.5m
Date & Time:   07/09/09, 0417 UTC+1
Location of incident:   No 7 berth, North Quay, Montrose
Incident Type:   Contact
Persons onboard:   6
Injuries:   None
Damage / Pollution:   Damage to ship and quay / None


On arrival off the port of Montrose, Silves proceeded past the pilot boarding position and, with the master expecting to imminently embark a pilot, approached the channel entrance. The pilot, who had intended to transfer to Silves from a departing ship, saw that Silves was now committed to entering the channel and instructed the master to continue proceeding inwards.

The pilot advised the master to follow the leading lights and sent the pilot boat to guide him to the ship’s intended berth. Silves experienced difficulty in following the pilot boat and approached the berth at a larger angle and at a higher speed than was normal. Although the master applied astern propulsion, his action was too late to prevent Silves from making heavy contact with the quay.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the ship’s management company, advising it to improve bridge planning and communications and to ensure its masters are sufficiently experienced in shiphandling.

He has also written to the port authority, advising it to review its risk assessment and suggesting control measures aimed at preventing a similar accident in the future.

Published: October 2009

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