Grounding of general cargo vessel Arklow Sand

Location: Long Sand bank in the Wash, near Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

Completed PE Summary: Arklow Sand

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Type:   Cargo vessel
Date   23/03/05
Location of incident:   “Long Sand” bank, near Boston
Incident Type:   Grounding


The cargo vessel Arklow Sand departed the port of Boston, Lincolnshire, and had disembarked her pilot. Shortly after she grounded on the bank “ Long Sand” in the wash.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents wrote to the vessel’s owners to emphasise company procedures regarding passage planning, monitoring of the vessel’s position and the reporting of defects in ship critical equipment.


Published 23 January 2015