Grounding of ro-ro passenger ferry Sardinia Vera

Location: Approach channel to Port of Newhaven, England.

Completed PE Summary: Sardinia Vera

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Sardinia Vera
Registered Owner/Manager Compagnie de Management d’Orbigny (CMO)
Port of Registry Olbia
Flag Italy
Type Ro-ro vehicle/passenger ferry
Built 1975
Classification Society Reqistro Italiano
Construction 1975
Length Overall 120.08m
Gross Tonnage 12107
Date/Time 20/11/2002, 0432
Location of Incident Newhaven
Incident Type Grounding
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution None


Ship grounded in the approach channel to Newhaven

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made recommendations to the port manager with reference to:

  • The introduction of procedures to ensure that depths in the approach channel, and other areas prone to stilting, are frequently monitored

  • Increasing the frequency of dredging operations in the approach channel

  • The adoption of measures to reduce silting

  • The prompt dissemination of depth information

  • The production of written operational procedures

Updates to this page

Published 23 January 2015