Flooding and sinking of potter Golden West with 2 people injured

Location: Off the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Golden West

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr L Laurenson        
Port of registry:   Oban        
Flag:   UK        
Type:   Fishing vessel        
Built:   1987   Length overall:   11.35
Gross tonnage:   11.11        
Date & Time   09/03/04 11:53        
Location of incident:   Scottish coastal waters        
Incident Type:   Flooding/Foundering        
Persons onboard:   2 crew        
Injuries/ fatalities:   2 injured crew        
Damage/ Pollution:   Ship Lost        


Foundering of fishing vessel.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents made recommendations to owners of the vessel with reference to:

  • The removal of redundant hull fittings.

  • Internal pipework to be electrically connected to the sacrificial anodes.

  • The establishment of a maintenance routine to regularly inspect the pipework for corrosion.

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