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:

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:   89.74
Length overall:   89.74
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.

Published 23 January 2015