Grounding of product tanker Blackfriars

Location: Eileanan Dubha Island, off the Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Blackfriars

Registered Owner & Manager:   Crescent Marine Services Ltd
Port of registry:   London
Flag:   UK
Type:   Tanker
Built:   1985
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   69.89
Gross tonnage:   992.00
Date & Time   20/12/05 21:20
Location of incident:   Coastal Waters, Kyle of Lochlash
Incident Type:   Grounding
Persons onboard:   8 Crew


The 1670dwt product tanker was on a ballast voyage to Pembroke, having discharge her cargo in Loch Inver. The Master chose to take passage through Kyle Akin to avoid inclement weather to the west of the Isle of Skye. During the passage the vessel grounded on Eileanan Dubha Island, off the Kyle of Lochalsh. No injuries were sustained, or pollution caused.

Action taken

The Preliminary Examination revealed a number of safety issues including: Bridge Resource Management; passage planning and navigational techniques. Following a review of those actions put in place by the vessel’s managers, following the accident, the Chief Inspector considered no further recommendations were necessary.

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