Marine Accident Investigation Branch reports

52 reports

Of Type

Safety bulletin

  1. Safety warning after inadvertent activation of condensed aerosol fire extinguishing system leads to a fatality

    We have issued a safety bulletin highlighting a potentially serious hazard associated with condensed aerosol firefighting suppressant particles after the fatal accident on fishing vessel Resurgam.

  2. Safety warning about the securing of retractable keels or retractable weighted centreboards

    Urgent safety lesson issued after a fatal inversion of a sailing boat with a retractable keel.

  3. Safety warning about drivers remaining in vehicle cabs while ferries are at sea

    Urgent safety lessons issued after shift and toppling of freight vehicles on board a ro-ro passenger ferry in heavy weather.

  4. Safety warning about working in enclosed spaces after the loss of 1 life on a fishing vessel

    Urgent bulletin issued after working in a refrigerated salt water tank resulted in a fatal accident on board fv Sunbeam (FR487) at Fraserburgh, Scotland.

  5. Safety warning about keel failures on sailing yachts

    Urgent safety lesson issued after the yacht Tyger of London capsized off Tenerife, Canary Islands due to a shallow draught, lead keel failure.

  6. Safety warning about defective throw bag rescue lines

    Urgent safety lessons issued after the failure of a throw bag rescue line during a boat capsize rescue drill on 24 March 2018.

  7. Safety warning on the use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts

    Urgent safety lesson issued after a fatal man overboard from the sailing yacht CV30 in the Indian Ocean on 18 November 2017.

  8. Safety warning after explosion on container vessel Manhattan Bridge results in 1 fatality and 1 serious injury

    Location: Felixstowe container terminal, England.

  9. Safety warning after carbon monoxide poisoning on motor cruiser results in loss of 2 lives

    This document warns of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning after the death of holidaymakers on the Norfolk Broads.

  10. Safety warning after ejection from rigid inflatable boat results in loss of 2 lives

    This documents urges users of power boats use kill-cords correctly, wear suitable clothing and lifejackets, and have the means to summon assistance.

  11. Safety warning after capsize and sinking of several dory-type boats

    This document makes an urgent recommendation to owners/operators of dory-type boats, and highlights the dangers of flooded void spaces.

  12. Safety warning after capsize of sloop towed by police launch results in loss of many lives

    Urgent recommendation made to the Turks and Caicos Islands’ marine police unit.

  13. Safety warning after a catastrophic failure of capacitor and explosion in 11kV harmonic filter

    This document is for operators of vessels with electric propulsion which have large capacitors in harmonic filters.

  14. Safety warning after catastrophic failure of high pressure hydraulic anchor windlasses

    Urgent recommendation to manufacturer and request for further information from ship owners, ship managers, windlass manufacturers, classification societies and marine accident investigation organisations.

  15. Safety warning for launching and recovery of rescue boats

    This document makes urgent recommendations to owners and masters.

  16. Safety warning after fire and subsequent sinking of a workboat

    This documents gives advice to owners and operators of similar vessels following a fire and sinking of ECC Topaz off Lowestoft, England.

  17. Safety warning regarding entry to confined spaces after loss of 3 lives

    This document highlights the dangers of entering confined or enclosed spaces after 3 fatalities on general cargo vessel Suntis.

  18. Safety warning after the ignition of debris during firing of cannon on replica 3-masted frigate Grand Turk with 1 person injured

    This document makes urgent recommendations to the owner and the master of Grand Turk.

  19. Safety warning after accidents involving DUKW amphibious passenger vehicles

    Urgent recommendation made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

  20. Safety warning after collision in junior offshore powerboat race results in 1 person seriously injured

    Safety concerns regarding marine safety helmets have been highlighted and an urgent recommendation to RYA made.

  21. Safety warning after malfunction of proximity switch results in failure of fall wire with loss of 1 life

    Urgent recommendation to owners and operators of vessel equipped with boat davits following accident results in loss of 1 life on car carrier Tombarra.

  22. Safety warning after sinking of vessel results in loss of 7 lives

    This document makes urgent recommendation to all owners/skippers of UK registered fishing vessels and to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

  23. Safety warning after failure of fixed high expansion foam system to extinguish a fire

    Urgent recommendation to owners of ships fitted with high expansion foam systems utilising the atmosphere from within a protected space.

  24. Safety warning on quick release arrangements for manual deployment of inflatable liferafts

    This document makes recommendation to owners and skippers to urgently check liferafts.

  25. Safety warning after liquid petroleum gas causes explosion on vessel with 4 people injured

    This document warns owners, skippers and crews about potential hazards associated with using LPG on board craft and makes recommendations.

  26. Safety warning to all mariners who wear inflatable lifejackets

    This document makes urgent recommendations to users, service stations and suppliers of inflatable lifejackets.

  27. Safety warning issued after mooring line failure on board LNG tanker Zarga resulted in serious injury to a deck officer

    Urgent safety lessons on the elongation and snap-back characteristics of mooring lines

  28. Safety warning after contact made by river cruiser with bridge repair scaffolding

    This document makes urgent recommendations to all UK competent harbour authorities and all bodies responsible for safety of navigation on UK rivers.

  29. Safety warning after fire starts and spreads via balconies on passenger cruise ship with loss of 1 life

    Urgent recommendations issued to Maritime Administration of the UK, Flag States, Cruise lines and operators/managers of passenger vessels.

  30. Safety warning after critical stability issues identified on beam scallop dredger Olivia Jean

    This document recommends the vessel not undertake any further fishing operations until safe operation can be ensured.

  31. Safety warning after accidental release of vinyl chloride monomer from gas carrier

    This documents makes safety recommendations to tanker operators.

  32. Safety warning after collision between vessels in Dover Traffic Separation Scheme with loss of 1 life

    This document makes urgent recommendations to ship owners, masters and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

  33. Safety warning after identical gybing accidents on sailing yachts result in 2 people seriously injured

    This documents highlights safety concerns to owners, operators and crew of yachts.

  34. Safety warning after watchkeeper falls asleep resulting in grounding of beam trawler

    This documents makes an urgent recommendation to fishing vessel owners and skippers.

  35. Safety warning after several collisions between tugs and vessels under tow or escort in UK ports

    This documents contains safety information for tug operations, pilots and harbour authorities.

  36. Safety warning after near lethal use of CO2 during engine room fire on trawler

    This document makes urgent recommendations to fishing vessel skippers and crews concerning fixed CO2 fire extinguishing systems.

  37. Safety warning after vertical chute evacuation drill results in loss of 1 life

    This documents makes recommendations to shipping companies who have, or intend to have, vertical-chute marine evacuations and to manufacturers/authorising bodies of such systems.

  38. Safety warning after capsize of a hired motor cruiser with loss of 1 life

    This document makes urgent recommendations to hire boat operators and all bodies/authorities responsible for the licensing of such vessels.

  39. Safety warning after 3 investigations into entry to enclosed spaces with total loss of 6 lives

    Urgent recommendations made to ship owners/managers, industry bodies/organisations and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

  40. Safety warning regarding discovery of overweight rescue boats

    Urgent recommendation made to owners of ships using rescue boats or fast rescue craft built with integral polyurethane foam-filled compartments.

  41. Safety warning after vehicle deck fire caused by unaccompanied refrigerated trailer unit

    Urgent recommendation to operators of vessels carrying refrigerated trailer units.

  42. Safety warning for small passenger ro-ro vessels on opening/closing procedures of bow visors

    This document makes urgent recommendations to the Shetland Island Council and operators of small ro-ro ferries.

  43. Safety warning after grounding and sinking of vessel results in loss of 1 life

    This document makes urgent recommendations to owners/skippers of fishing vessels.

  44. Safety warning after dragging anchor and grounding of vessel

    This documents makes urgent recommendations to ship owners and masters.

  45. Safety warning after person overboard during disembarkation from passenger vessel with loss of 1 life

    Urgent recommendation to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and London River Services.

  46. Safety warning after large wash waves from high speed craft hit shore with 5 people injured

    This documents makes recommendations to operating companies of high speed craft and relevant harbour authorities.

  47. Safety warning after large wash wave from high speed ferry hits angling boat with loss of 1 life

    This document highlights urgent action to be taken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and makes a recommendation to users of small craft.

  48. Safety warning after ejection from rigid inflatable boat results in 2 people seriously injured and loss of 2 lives

    This documents urges drivers of power boats to check and use kill-cords following ejection of a family of 6 from a RIB.

  49. Safety warning after carbon monoxide poisoning on vessel used as overnight accommodation results in loss of 2 lives

    This document warns of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning following 2 deaths on the scallop dredger Eshcol.

  50. Safety warning after entanglement while shooting fishing gear on twin rig stern trawler Solstice II results in loss of 1 life

    This document makes an urgent safety recommendation to the owner of the fishing vessel and highlights health and safety shortcomings.