Steering failure on passenger vessel Symphony and subsequent contact with bridge

Location: Lambeth Bridge, River Thames, England.

Accident Investigation Report 18/2000

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened, safety lessons and recommendations made:

symphony.pdf (3,631.84 kb)


Passenger vessel Symphony operating with a deck crew of three, plus a catering and entertainment crew of 12, left the berth at Embankment pier, River Thames, England on 4 October 1999. The vessel had 103 passengers on board at the time. As the vessel approached the centre arch of Lambeth bridge it suffered steering failure. This loss of control and the resultant directional instability caused Symphony to make a series of low speed contacts with the bridge.

Published: 21 June 2000

Published 23 January 2015