Grounding, capsize and sinking of suction dredger Arco Arun

Location: Broadness Point, River Thames, England.

Accident Investigation Report 6/2000

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

arco arun.pdf (2,235.43 kb)


On 13 October 1998 the suction dredger Arco Arun momentarily grounded while rounding Broadness Point, River Thames, England. After the initial grounding, Arco Arun was successfully manoeuvred close to St Clement’s Anchorage before the bow settled on the river-bed. The vessel suffered only minor damage and despite salvage attempts, capsized about 43 hours after the initial grounding.

Published: 22 March 2000

Published 23 January 2015