Loss of propulsion on ro-ro passenger ferry Stena Europe

Location: Off Rosslare, Republic of Ireland.

Completed PE Summary: Stena Europe

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Stena Line UK Ltd
Port of registry:   Fishguard
Flag:   UK
Type:   Ro-Ro vehicle/passenger ferry
Built:   1981
Classification society:   Norske Veritas
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   149.05
Gross tonnage:   24828.00
Date & Time   30/01/03
Location of incident:   Rosslare harbour area
Incident Type:   Machinery failure
Persons onboard:   65 crew 155 passengers
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor Damage


Cooling water failure resulting in all four main engines stopping, leading to total loss of propulsion.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents wrote to Stena Line supporting the actions taken and recommending that their internal inquiry should cover the following issues:

  • The need for redundancy in critical systems

  • Risk assessment of the proximity of vessels to hazards to navigation

  • The need for exercises involving the emergency services of all regions used by the vessel

  • The importance of routine maintenance

The incident was fully investigated by the Marine Casualty Investigation board of Republic of Ireland.

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