Shift of timber deck cargo on general cargo vessel Scot Ranger during heavy weather

Location: Off Cornwall, England.

Completed PE Summary: Scot Ranger

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Scot Ranger
Registered Owner/Manager Intrada Ships Management Ltd
Port of Registry Inverness
Flag UK
Type Single deck general cargo vessel
Built 1997
Construction Steel
Length overall 80.2m
Gross tonnage 2260
Date 01/12/2002
Location of Incident English coastal waters
Incident Type Cargo handling failure and listing
Persons Onboard 6 crew
Injuries/Fatalities None
Damage/Pollution Minor damage


Shift of timber deck cargo in heavy weather leading to a hazardous angle of list. The starboard timber rail, a steel structure restraining the timber deck cargo, failed during the accident.

Action taken:

The owners were recommended to ensure the following:

  • The strengthening of the timber rails on the ships managed by them, if, after carrying out strength calculations the Classification Society indicate that this is necessary

  • The friction between timber deck cargoes and hatch covers is maximised and steel on steel interfaces are avoided if possible

Published 23 January 2015