Flooding and sinking of wooden potter Majestic
Location: 5 nautical miles off Yell, Shetland, Scotland.
Accident Investigation Report 16/2016
Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons learned:
This reports the MAIB’s investigation into the sinking of fishing vessel Majestic (LK678) 5 nautical miles off Yell, Shetland on 21 January 2016.
The flood in the engine room was not detected for up to 1 hour because the crew were working on the deck and did not hear the bilge alarm
No attempt was made to slow the rate of the flood through the operation of the electric bilge pump or by stopping the main engine
The crew did not conduct emergency drills
The prompt distress alert and abandonment reduced the risk to the crew’s lives
PFDs were not routinely worn whilst working on deck and lifejackets were not donned when abandoning the vessel
Recommendations have been made to the vessel’s owners (2016/135) to take steps to ensure on any vessel they own or skipper in the future that:
The dangers of leaving the wheelhouse unattended are fully assessed so that practical measures can be adopted to mitigate such risks;
Emergency drills are conducted in accordance with MSN 1770 (F) and;
PFDs are worn by all crew when working on the open deck at sea
A safety flyer highlighting a number of the safety issues was produced for this report.