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:

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:   120.08
Gross tonnage:   12107.00
Date & Time   20/11/02 04:32
Location of incident:   Newhaven Port/Harbour
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

Published 23 January 2015