On 30 November 2014, the general cargo vessel Vectis Eagle grounded as a result of the loss of directional control while entering Gijon, Spain. The vessel refloated under its own power 2 minutes later. There were no injuries and there was no pollution. The forward section of the vessel’s hull was damaged below the waterline.
The loss of control occurred as the vessel was rounding an inner breakwater. The investigation identified that Vectis Eagle was unnecessarily close to the breakwater and that the turn was started too early. The pilot had been ‘navigating by eye’ and his advice was not challenged by the master. The cause of the loss of directional control could not be determined. The cargo ship’s master did not save the VDR data and attempted to conceal the grounding.
MAIB has made recommendation 2015/139 to Vectis Eagle’s managers, Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd aimed at ensuring the circumstances and the lessons to be learned from this accident are brought to the attention of its crews.