Flooding in engine room of general cargo vessel Sonia

Location: 6 miles south-east of Saint Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight, England.

Accident Investigation Report 29/2000

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

sonia.pdf (2,495.63 kb)

Report summary

On 1 September 1999 cargo ship Sonia left Southampton with crew of 15 on board. The vessel was about 6 miles south-east of Saint Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight, England, water was discovered flooding into the engine room from a hole beneath one of the main seawater inlet valves. As the situation worsened salvors were appointed to assist. Once the water ingress had stabilised and the water level reduced to below the floor plates, the vessel was towed back to the berth in Southampton. The vessel was subsequently scrapped.

Published: 19 September 2000

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