MAIB report into contact damage to FINNARROW 16th Feb

The MAIB has published its report into contact damage suffered by FINNARROW berthing with a stabiliser deployed in Holyhead 16 February 2013. The report highlights failures in bridge procedures and emergency preparedness, both of which are no strangers to the large yacht industry.

There can be no doubt that even with doubled positions amongst officers on a busy schedule, fatigue and routine complacency were allowed to occur. Those of us who fly regularly on short haul would be alarmed to feel that handovers were ineffective due to repetition. Simply put, the stabiliser status wasn't mentioned. A ‘Go-No Go' checklist would have prevented this.

Engineers playing the headless chicken game in an emergency is worrying and indicates a shortfall in flood control exercises. I'm no engineer but no matter how well-intentioned, I suspect trying to discharge ingress water through a blanked line is not going to succeed.

For those on board Watkins' managed boats, please ensure that all crewmembers are given an opportunity to read this and confirm so in your next HESS meeting minutes. We will be adding further flooding exercise guidance to our SMS shortly. I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions.