Grounding and subsequent sinking of fishing vessel Julian Paul

Location: Le Dibien, France.

Completed PE Summary: Julian Paul

A short summary of the accident and action taken.

Fishing Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Julian Paul
Registered Owner/Manager W Harvey and Sons
Port of registry Penzance
Flag UK
Type Fishing vessel
Built 1958
Construction Wood
Length overall 15.23m
Gross tonnage 29.35
Date/Time 10/05/2004, 1649
Location of incident Le Dibien harbour area
Incident Type Grounding and sinking
Persons onboard 4 crew 1 passenger
Injuries/fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Ship lost


Fishing vessel Julian Paul ran aground then sank while leaving Le Dibien, France.

Action taken

As a consequence of problems identified by the crew of the Julian Paul when trying to release the liferaft from its lashing, a survey of the quick release arrangement for liferafts on a number of fishing vessels was undertaken. This confirmed there was a widespread problem with the operation of senhouse slip quick release arrangements. The MAIB has highlighted this problem by issuing a widely distributed Safety Bulletin.

The Chief Inspector has also made two recommendations to the owners of the vessel with reference to:

  • The quick release mechanisms fitted to the liferaft.

  • Safety Training of the crew.

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015