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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr R P Irvine
Port of registry:   Lerwick
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish catching/processing
Built:   1991
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   26.61
Gross tonnage:   255.00
Date & Time   17/05/03 23:01
Location of incident:   Foreign high seas
Incident Type:   Flooding/Foundering
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

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