Grounding of dry bulk carrier Pentland

Location: 1.5 miles north of Arbroath, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report: Pentland

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

pentland.pdf (765.52 kb)


The Barbados registered dry bulk carrier Pentland ran aground 1.5 miles north of Arbroath, Scotland while on passage from Amsterdam to Inverness. Damage was sustained to the forepeak hull plating. The vessel was refloated on the following tide.

The cause of the grounding was the track made good by the vessel in the prevailing circumstances and conditions. Contributory causes were the master falling asleep on watch and the absence of a watch alarm.

Published: 21 July 1999

Published 23 January 2015