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.

Registered Owner & Manager:   W Harvey and Sons
Port of registry:   Penzance
Flag:   Details
Type:   UK
Built:   1958
Construction:   Wood
Length overall:   15.23
Gross tonnage:   29.35
Date & Time   10/05/04 16:49
Location of incident:   Harbour area
Incident Type:   Grounding
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.

Published 23 January 2015