Grounding of container vessel Philipp

Location: Near Corsewell Point, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Philipp

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Perth
Date 17/07/2006
Location of Incident Near Corsewall Point, Dumfries and Galloway
Incident Type Grounding
Damage/Pollution Hull damage


The MV Philipp ran aground near Corsewall Point just before midnight on 17 July 2006. The vessel was refloated quickly and, having been assessed as suffering no damage, proceeded on passage. The ship was diverted to dry dock the next day when it became apparent the vessel’s hull had been penetrated.

The grounding occurred because the master fell asleep as a result of being fatigued, and although he was able to regularly cancel the watch alarm and GPS cross track error alarm, neither roused him to actively monitor and record the vessel’s position or notice that she was off track and standing into danger. A lookout had been present on the bridge, but had been sent on safety rounds some time prior to the grounding. Also contributing to the grounding was the routine acceptance onboard of sub-standard navigational practices.

Action taken:

The Chief Inspector has written to the vessel’s managers recommending they:

  • Improve their auditing regime to ensure that the navigation methods and procedures used on passage comply with the requirements of SOLAS and company’s SMS.

  • Review personnel monitoring and appraisal procedures to ensure that all personnel, and specifically masters, are competent to carry out their assigned duties.

Published 23 January 2015