Grounding of feeder container vessel Coastal Isle

Location: Island of Bute, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 9/2013

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken, and recommendations:

CoastalIsle.pdf (2,904.80 kb)


On 2 July 2012 the Antigua and Barbuda flagged container vessel Coastal Isle grounded on the Island of Bute, Scotland.

Safety lessons

  • the vessel had two independent bridge watch alarms, neither of which was in use at the time
  • the power to the voyage data recorder had been switched off nearly 2 weeks before the accident
  • the chief officer held a ‘Chief Mate (Unlimited)’ certificate of competency issued by the Panamanian Maritime Authority and obtained through a fraudulent organisation in Turkey purporting to represent the PMA


Recommendations (2013/206, 2013/207 and 2013/208) have been made aimed at: ensuring that voyage data recorders are functional, certified, and are used to record data following an accident; and, increasing vigilance when checking seafarers’ certificates for authenticity.

This reprot was published on 30 May 2013.

Published 23 January 2015