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:

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Maranatha
Registered Owner/Manager Privately owned
Port of registry Lerwick
Flag UK
Type Fish catching/processing
Built 1989
Construction Steel
Gross Tonnage 242.00
Date/Time 10/05/2005, 2209
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.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015