Fire and sinking of twin-rig prawn trawler Karinya

Location: Moray Firth, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 7/2016

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons learned:

MAIB investigation report 7-2016: Karinya

Karinya Accident Sequence Photograph


This reports the MAIB’s investigation of the fire and foundering of the twin-rig prawn trawler Karinya, FR699, in the Moray Firth, UK, on 4 October 2015. All crew were safely rescued from a liferaft by another fishing vessel. There was no resulting pollution. Karinya later sank.

Safety Issues

  • It is possible that a poorly discarded cigarette end that was not fully extinguished fell or was blown down the internal stairway and through the open cabin door
  • The fire alarm did not provide the intended early notification of a fire as it could not be heard from the winch control position aft of the wheelhouse
  • Lifejackets must be stored where they are readily accessible in an emergency
  • The rapid and controlled abandonment of Karinya demonstrates the benefit of conducting regular emergency drills


Appropriate published guidance already covers many of the identified safety issues, which are reiterated in the MAIB safety flyer accompanying this report. Therefore no further recommendations have been made as a result of this investigation.

A safety flyer highlighting a number of the safety issues was produced for this report.

Published 14 April 2016