Flooding and sinking of pair/stern trawler Jasper III

Location: 90 miles north-east of Fraserburgh, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 12/2000

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

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On 10 September 1999 a pair/stern trawler sunk 90 miles north-east of Fraserburgh. The steel fishing vessel left Peterhead with its partner vessel. Part way through the first tow the bilge alarm on Jasper III sounded. The engine room was found flooded. The crew eventually abandoned to the liferafts and were recovered by the partner vessel.

Safety Issues

  • sudden failure of a pipe or small area of hull plating, weakened by advanced corrosion


One recommendation has been made to Caley Fisheries (Peterhead), agents of Jasper III, to circulate copies of this report to the owners and skippers of steel fishing vessels for which they are agents One recommendation has been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), to review the existing procedures for the survey of steel fishing vessels.

This report was published on 11 May 2000.

Published 23 January 2015