The general cargo vessel Islay Trader grounded due to lack of planning and overconfidence, according to a report from UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).
The vessel ran aground near Margate Harbour, Kent, in the morning hours of October 8, 2017, after it dragged its anchor as the length of its anchor cable was insufficient in the tidal conditions experienced.
The chief officer did not monitor the vessel’s position and was not aware that the vessel had dragged its anchor until alerted by the London Vessel Traffic Service. The officer then attempted to reposition the vessel without the assistance of the master and subsequently became overwhelmed and uncertain of the ship’s position.
Islay Trader grounded near Margate beach and was refloated some 12 hours later. There were no injuries and no pollution.
MAIB’s report highlights the importance of planning when going to anchor and the requirement for ensuring that an effective watch is kept whilst at anchor.
A recommendation has been made to Faversham Ships Ltd, Islay Trader’s owner and manager, aimed at improving the standard of navigational and bridge watchkeeping practices on board its vessels.