Grounding of ro-ro passenger ferry Dublin Viking

Location: Crosby Channel, Liverpool, England.

Completed PE Summary: Dublin Viking

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Meridian Marine Management
Port of registry:   Belfast
Flag:   UK
Type:   Ro-ro vehicle/passenger ferry
Built:   1997
Classification society:   Norske Veritas
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   186
Gross tonnage:   21856.00
Date & Time   18/12/05 23:05
Location of incident:   5331.7 N 00306.9W
Incident Type:   Grounding
Persons onboard:   46 crew 64 passengers
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   minor damage


The ro-ro ferry Dublin Viking with 110 people on board grounded in the Crosby Channel, Liverpool in good visibility. The vessel left the buoyed channel after the helmsmen applied starboard helm instead of port helm as ordered by the master. The vessel re-floated on a rising tide without assistance about 25 minutes after grounding. There were no injuries, and only superficial damage.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the ship manager of Dublin Viking generally supporting the actions it has taken or proposed following its internal investigation, and also recommending that the company:

  • Ensure that collision and grounding drills are conducted at regular intervals.

  • Review on board documentation containing advice to masters of its passenger ships, to ensure that an underwater inspection is conducted as soon as possible after a vessel has been re-floated after grounding, even when damage is not apparent.

  • Instruct ships fitted with ECDIS and other ECS to record the vessel’s track history, where such a facility is available.

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