Engine room failure on general cargo vessel Fri Stream

Location: Off Orkney, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Fri Stream

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Fri Stream
Registered Owner/Manager Kopervik Ship Management AS
Port of Registry Nassau
Flag Bahamas
Type General cargo vessel
Classification Society Bureau Veritas
Built 1995
Construction Steel
Length Overall 89.88m
Gross Tonnage 2051
Date/Time 13/11/2006, 0600
Location of Incident Scottish coastal waters, 59°03.0N 003°46.0W
Incident Type Machinery
Persons Onboard 6 crew
Injuries/Fatalities 1 injured
Damage/Pollution Material damage


While on passage west of Orkney in poor weather, MV Fri Stream suffered a main engine failure that left her immobilised and drifting onto a lee shore. She was taken in tow by the rig supply vessel Edda Frigg, who took her to a safe anchorage in Deer Sound. Fri Stream was eventually moved alongside in Kirkwall by the ETV Anglian Prince. However, during this manoeuvre the Chief Officer sustained a broken arm when a rope under load slipped from a single post mooring point.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the owners of Fri Stream recommending that they review the mooring arrangements onboard, and take such action as is necessary to provide a safe means of mooring the vessel when operating in coastal harbours and seaways.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015