Fishing ship skipper fined after collision with tanker

By Accidents

In the past on 18 January 2012 the tanker Sea Transport registered in Hong Kong was in Bristol and was waiting to enter Milford Haven. The ship had 90,000 tonnes of crude oil on board. The weather was bad with driving rain.
In the same time FV Deborah was outward bound from Milford Haven and heading towards Belgium. The skipper was not paying attention to its course. He saw Sea Transport on AIS and radar but did an incorrect assessment and the unthinkable happened. The 2 ships collided.
The skipper of FV Deborah beam trawler has been ordered to pay a total of £2,345 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to offences under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).
The trawler damaged the tanker making a big gash above the waterline on the side of Sea Transoprt. The end was good, nobody was injured and there were no signs for pollution.
Robert Cotter, Surveyor in Charge at the MCA's Cardiff Marine Office informed:
"The rules state that every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision. This incident is a direct result of that rule not being adhered to".