Grounding of luxury motor yacht Land's End resulting in the vessel sinking

Location: On the St Joseph Reef off the west coast of Corsica.

Completed PE Summary: Land’s End

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Addiston Ltd
Port of registry:   Falmouth
Flag:   UK
Type:   Luxury Yacht
Built:   1965
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Construction:   Steel
Gross tonnage:   364.00
Date & Time   09/08/05 13:50
Location of incident:   Foreign high seas
Incident Type:   Grounding
Persons onboard:   12 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Ship Lost/No Pollution

Synopsis

The luxury yacht Land’s End grounded and was holed on the St Joseph Reef off the west coast of Corsica whilst on passage in calm weather. The vessel flooded slowly and came to rest on the reef with her stern still above the water. All passengers and crew were evacuated safely. The ship sank beneath the surface some days later as a result of the weather deteriorating.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the vessel’s owners and master highlighting that the standard of navigation employed was poor. A significant contributory factor was the inadequacy of the safety management system with respect to basic bridge procedures. Concern was also expresses at the management arrangements for the vessel, which did not provide any external audit mechanism for how the ship was run.

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has also written to the MCA about the application of the new large commercial yacht code, which was issued in September 2004 but is not yet in force, highlighting the importance of effective audit of the safety management systems in vessels under 500 GRT.


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