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:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Arklow Racer
Registered Owner/Manager Arklow Shipping Ltd
Port of Registry Arklow Racer
Flag Irish Republic
Type General cargo vessel
Built 2004
Classification Society Germanischer Lloyd
Construction Steel
Length Overall 85m
Gross Tonnage 2999
Date/Time 13/07/2005, 0930
Location of Incident Fowey harbour area
Incident Type Grounding
Persons Onboard 7 crew
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Material damage


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.

Published 23 January 2015