Fall on dry cargo vessel RMS Mulheim resulting in grounding of vessel

Location: Near Land's End, Cornwall, England.

Completed PE Summary: RMS Mulheim

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name RMS Mulheim
Registered Owner/Manager BWK Schiffinvest Gmbh & Co KG m.s
Port of Registry Antigua & Barbuda
Flag Antigua & Barbuda
Type Dry cargo
Built 1999
Classification Society Bureau Veritas
Construction 89.74m
Length Overall 89.74m
Gross Tonnage 1846.00
Date/Time 22/03/03, 04:55
Location of Incident English coastal waters
Incident Type Grounding
Persons Onboard 6 crew
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Constructive loss


Small coastal vessel grounded near Land’s End after the sole watch keeper became incapacitated by a fall from the bridge chair. The ship became a constructive total loss and the cargo of scrap plastic was discharged at the wreck site.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the owner of the vessel noting the post-accident, corrective actions taken by the company, especially with respect to observing the flag states’ circular concerning lookouts being posted with the officer of the watch during the hours of darkness and that the watch alarm should be switched on whenever the officer is the sole lookout.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015