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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Intrada Ships Management Ltd
Port of registry:   Inverness
Flag:   UK
Type:   General cargo/single deck
Built:   1997
Construction:   1997
Length overall:   80.2
Gross tonnage:   2260.00
Date   01/12/2002
Location of incident:   English coastal waters
Incident Type:   Cargo handling failure
Persons onboard:   6 crew
Injuries/ fatalities:   None
Damage/ Pollution:   Minor damage/ No pollution


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