Grounding of container feeder vessel Coastal Bay

Location: Church Bay, Anglesey, Wales.

Accident Investigation Report 8/2001

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Grounding of the container-feeder vessel Coastal Bay in Church Bay, Anglesey on 21 July 2000.

Safety Issues

  • the chief officer fell asleep through fatigue.
  • the chief officer was alone on the bridge
  • the bridge watch alarm was not in use


Recommendations to the MCA and the Antigua and Barbuda administration are aimed at ensuring the requirements of STCW 95, regarding watchkeeping arrangements and bridge manning at night, are understood by all vessels operating in UK waters. Others, to the vessel’s management company, aim to improve watchkeeping arrangements and vessel management..

This report was published in March 2001.

Published 23 January 2015