Flooding in engine room and subsequent sinking of fishing vessel Maranatha

Location: Off the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Maranatha

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Mr A B Cumming
Port of registry:   Lerwick
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fish catching/processing
Built:   1989
Construction:   Steel
Gross tonnage:   242.00
Date & Time   10/05/05 22:09
Location of incident:   Foreign high seas
Incident Type:   Flooding
Persons onboard:   4 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Ship Lost


The 24.49m fishing vessel Maranatha (LK 337) sustained flooding in the engine room and sank at about 2230 on 10 May 2005. The bilge alarm had sounded alerting the crew, who managed to abandon the vessel to the liferafts. Skipper and three crew members were picked up by another fishing vessel and landed in Shetland.

Action taken:

A Safety Digest article has been produced, highlighting the need for extended spindles on seacocks, early evacuation of a sinking vessel, and the correct use of communication gear.

Published 23 January 2015