Dragging anchor and grounding by general cargo vessel Baltic Champ

Location: Off Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report: Baltic Champ

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

baltic champ.pdf (758.36 kb)


On 4 February 1999 Panamanian registered general cargo vessel Baltic Champ dragged its anchor and grounded off Kirkwall, Scotland. In the prevailing weather conditions the lone watchkeeper failed to detect the vessel drifting astern in time to prevent the grounding. Damage was sustained to the hull. The vessel was refloated on the next tide and was manoeuvred clear before a tow could be established.

Published: July 1999

Published 23 January 2015