Grounding of general cargo vessel Arklow Racer

Location: Entrance to the Port of Fowey, England.

Completed PE Summary: Arklow Racer

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Category   Merchant
Registered Owner & Manager:   Arklow Shipping Ltd
Port of registry:   Arklow Racer
Flag:   Irish Republic
Type:   General Cargo
Built:   2004
Classification society:   Germanischer Lloyd
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   85.
Gross tonnage:   2999.00
Date & Time   13/07/05 09:30
Location of incident:   Fowey harbour area
Incident Type:   Grounding
Persons onboard:   7 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Material Damage

Synopsis

The cargo vessel Arklow Racer was arriving at the port of Fowey, Cornwall, about to embark a pilot when she entered restricted visibility. Shortly after she grounded at the cliff face one cable south east of Punch Rocks at the entrance to Fowey.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector has written to the vessel’s owners and made three recommendations:

  • Improve the company ISM audit regime to ensure methods and procedures adopted on passage are in accordance with SOLAS instructions.

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

  • Review ISM documentation to improve its effectiveness, particularly pre departure and pre arrival check lists accompanying the passage plan.


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