Flooding and sinking of dry cargo vessel Rema with loss of 4 lives

Location: Off Whitby, England.

Accident Investigation Report: 1/2000

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

Rema.pdf (3,264.19 kb)



Belize registered cargo vessel Rema sank in international waters with the loss the four British crew members. MAIB, undertook the investigation on behalf of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize. The accident occurred about 22 miles north-east of Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. The investigation found the cause of the foundering was water entering the hold without anyone being aware of it. This eventually caused a loss of buoyancy and Rema was lost. It was unlikely that anybody on board had time to escape.

Published: 17 February 2000

Published 23 January 2015