MAIB report into quay contact and subsequent sinking of fishing vessel SHALIMAR, Scrabster, Scotland April 2014

The MAIB has published a report on the investigation into quay contact and subsequent foundering of fishing vessel SHALIMAR in the port of Scrabster, Scotland 30th April 2014

Regular readers will be aware that these bulletins are also circulated to our managed yachts for discussion at their on board HESS (Health, Environment, Safety & Security) meetings, as we can often find analogies with aspects of the large yacht industry in almost all incidents. We say ‘almost', as the odd one appears which stretches the imagination for us to find synergies. This is one such report. However, the general idea that a sequence of conditions and events occurring in the right order, time and place can lead to mishap, remains a common theme.

It is sincerely hoped that few, if any yachts would founder hitting a quay stern-on at 3 to 4 knots or would be constructed in such a way that no complete internal bulkheads exist to arrest sequential flooding. However, engine controls mounted in such a way that failure of single component would cause complete loss of power management is feasible, particularly with tenders, and perhaps this would serve best as a reminder to expect the unexpected.

For those on board Watkins' managed boats, please ensure that any crewmembers with an interest in tenders, boat handling or engineering are given an opportunity to read this. As ever, I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions. We would welcome any feedback of course, and would be pleased to circulate any comments.