Grounding of chemical tanker Attilio Ievoli

Location: Lymington Banks in West Solent on the south coast of England.

Accident Investigation Report 2/2005

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At approximately 1632 (UTC +1) on 3 June 2004, the Italian registered, double hulled chemical tanker Attilio Ievoli ran aground on Lymington Banks in the west Solent. The vessel suffered bottom plate indentation forward but no hull penetration. Nobody on board was injured and there was no pollution.

Safety Issues

Poor bridge team management on the vessel resulted in a lack of accurate vessel positional awareness and an inappropriate division of tasks. The use of the mobile telephone distracted the master from his primary responsibilities.


A recommendation has been made to the Department for Transport to ensure the establishment of traffic control measures for all commercial vessels of 500gt or more using the west Solent and Needles Channel.

Recommendations have also been made to Trinity House, the International Chamber of Shipping and the owners of Attilio Ievoli.

This report was published in February 2005.

Published 23 January 2015