Main engine failure on general cargo vessel Fri Stream and subsequent slipping of mooring rope with 1 person injured

Location: Engine failure at off Orkney, Scotland. Injury at Kirkwall, Scotland.

Completed PE Summary: Fri Stream

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Kopervik Ship Management AS
Port of registry:   Nassau
Flag:   BAH-Bahamas
Type:   General Cargo
Classification society:   Bureau Veritas
Construction:   1995
Length overall:   89.88
Gross tonnage:   2051.00
Date & Time   13 November 2006 06:00
Location of incident:   Coastal 5903.0N 00346.0W
Incident Type:   Engine Room Failure
Persons onboard:   6 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 personal injury
Damage/ Pollution:   Material damage


While on passage west of Orkney in poor weather, MV Fri Stream suffered a main engine failure that left her immobilised and drifting onto a lee shore. She was taken in tow by the rig supply vessel Edda Frigg, who took her to a safe anchorage in Deer Sound. Fri Stream was eventually moved alongside in Kirkwall by the ETV Anglian Prince. However, during this manoeuvre the Chief Officer sustained a broken arm when a rope under load slipped from a single post mooring point.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to the owners of Fri Stream recommending that they review the mooring arrangements onboard, and take such action as is necessary to provide a safe means of mooring the vessel when operating in coastal harbours and seaways.

Published 23 January 2015