Grounding of general cargo vessel Jackie Moon

Location: Off Dunoon Breakwater in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

Accident Investigation Report 5/2005

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At 0430 on 1 September 2004, the Antigua and Barbuda registered general cargo vessel Jackie Moon ran aground off Dunoon breakwater in the Firth of Clyde. The vessel was refloated later the same day and proceeded to an anchorage off Greenock. Damage was limited to indentations to the underside of the ship’s hull, and distortion to her internal frames. There was no pollution.

Safety Issues

  • the chief officer had been unable to have sufficient rest as required by ILO 180 or STCW 95, and had become increasingly fatigued during his 4 months on board. He had also not slept well immediately before the accident
  • the chief officer had consumed about 0.5 litre of brandy, and had in the region of 17 units of alcohol in his blood when taking over the bridge watch
  • the chief officer was alone on the bridge. A separate lookout was not used during darkness because the ABs had been discharging cargo in Dundalk, and were expected to be required for cargo operation when the ship arrived in Glasgow the following morning
  • the bridge watch alarm was not in use. Neither the chief officer, nor master knew how to operate it
  • shortcomings in the ship’s SMS had not been identified
  • the ship manager’s alcohol policy was not effectively policed


Recommendations have been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the purpose of combating fatigue among bridge watchkeepers and improving the standard of lookout. Recommendations have also been made to the International Association of Classification Societies and the Administrations of the Bahamas, Malta, and St Vincent and the Grenadines aimed at improving the ship manager’s understanding and application of the ISM Code.

This report was published in 22 March 2005.

Published 23 January 2015