Flooding and sinking of seine netter Neptune

Location: Off the Shetland Isles, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Neptune

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Neptune
Registered Owner/Manager Privately owned
Port of Registry Lerwick
Flag UK
Type Fish catching/processing
Built 1991
Construction Steel
Length Overall 26.61m
Gross Tonnage 255
Date/Time 17/05/2003, 2301
Location of Incident Foreign high seas
Incident Type Flooding and sinking
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Ship lost


The vessel flooded and foundered to the north of the Shetland Isles.

Action taken

To prevent a similar accident occurring in the future, the owners were recommended to ensure the following on any fishing vessel that they own in the future

  • Watertight bulkheads are maintained in watertight condition throughout the life of the vessel

  • Bilge alarms, with visual and audible signal, should be fitted in all the main watertight compartments

  • A television should not be fitted in the wheelhouse

Published 23 January 2015