Fire on twin rig prawn trawler Vision II, used as overnight accommodation, with loss of 3 lives

Location: Berthed at Fraserburgh, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 8/2009

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken and subsequent recommendations:

VisionIIReport.pdf (1,201.23 kb)

Annexes (1,954.13 kb)


On 1 August 2008, fire broke out on the 18.6m fishing vessel Vision II. There were three people on board the vessel at the time of the fire, all of whom lost their lives.

Safety Issues

The resulting investigation identified a number of concerns regarding: the fitting out of the vessel; its operation; self-certification; and inspection. It also highlighted the increased number of foreign crews living on board fishing vessels in harbour, without the consequent safety aspects being assessed.


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been recommended to broaden the scope of its review of the safety issues associated with crews living on board fishing vessels in port. Recommendations have also been made to: the Sea Fish Industry Authority to review its survey procedures; to Macduff Shipyards Limited to review its quality management procedures; and to MB Vision LLP to develop work instructions.

This report was published on 25 March 2009.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015