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Published Investigation Reports


In accordance with the Bahamas Merchant Shipping Act and under SOLAS Chapter I Regulation 21 and Chapter XI Regulation 6, the Investigations Department undertakes to investigate all very serious marine casualties, the findings of which will be published and provided to the IMO.

Navigator of the Seas – fatal steam release

Crew were undertaking a scheduled tank inspection onboard a passenger vessel at anchor. After checking the atmosphere was safe, and with three crew members inside, there was a sudden release of steam into the tank. One seafarer died and another suffered significant burns.

Occurred: 14 July 2020
Published: 27 September 2022

Star Planet fatal fall during hold inspection

While on passage through the Australian Bight, a bulk carrier experienced rolling while a crew member was inspecting a cargo hold. The crew member fell off the ladder to the hold’s tanktop.

Occurred: 04 June 2021
Published: 20 December 2021

Pride of Hull machinery space fire

While outbound in the Humber Estuary, UK, a ferry experienced a fire in the vicinity of its thermal oil circulation pumps.

Occurred: 20 October 2020
Published: 30 November 2021

Castillo De Valverde man overboard

While working on deck in heavy weather conditions, a crew member of a bulk carrier was struck by a wave that washed them overboard.

Occurred: 28 May 2020
Published: 19 April 2021

Irenes Rose dropped object fatality

While working inside the main engine crankcase during planned maintenance, a piston dropped onto a crew member of a container vessel when it was released from the lifting tool out of sequence.

Occurred: 08 February 2020
Published: 19 March 2021

Fri Dolphin fumigant poisoning

While on passage in heavy weather, a coastal general cargo vessel suffered fumigant ingress to the accommodation via the ventilation system, resulting in one fatality and several crew being hospitalised.

Occurred: 13 February 2020
Published: 19 November 2020

Cathinka Spirit v Zhe Ling Yu Yun Collision

LPG/Chemical tanker collided with a fish transportation vessel in open water and relatively low traffic density in the Yellow Sea.

Occurred: 24 December 2019
Published: 11 September 2020

Gryf car deck fatality

During a ferry’s routine stopover at Swinoujscie, Poland, two crew members were involved in a forklift accident, resulting in one serious injury and a fatality.

Occurred: 04 May 2019
Published: 24 August 2020

Polar Spirit v Zhe Xiang Yu 41020 collision

An LNG tanker collided with a fishing vessel in an area of high traffic density in the East China Sea. The fishing vessel was lost with all crew.

Occurred: 30 September 2018
Published: 10 August 2020

Genting Dream drowning in pool

While alongside Langkawi, a young passenger drowned in one of the ship’s pools.

Occurred: 18 November 2019
Published: 14 May 2020

Norbe VIII boiler explosion

A drill ship off the coast of Brazil suffered a boiler water chamber over-pressurisation leading to an explosion which resulted in three fatalities.

Occurred: 09 June 2017
Published: 18 March 2020

Anthem of the Seas heavy weather damage

Heavy weather conditions while underway resulted in a passenger vessel suffering damage and restricted manoeuvrability.

Occurred: 06 February 2016
Published: 19 February 2020

Majesty of the Seas watertight door fatality

A routine fire drill was carried out on board a passenger vessel and upon completion, ship’s staff found a crew member trapped between the door and frame of a watertight door.

Occurred: 05 April 2017
Published: 02 January 2020

Vision of the Seas fatal fall

Crew member of a passenger vessel fell overboard while conducting exterior maintenance. Despite surviving the fall, he was unable to be recovered and drowned.

Occurred: 05 September 2019
Published: 04 December 2019

Tropical Star fatal fall

While descending a crane after testing, a crew member of a refrigerated cargo vessel fell from the vertical ladder on the exterior of the crane pedestal, resulting in their death.

Occurred: 15 June 2019
Published: 19 November 2019

Norwegian Escape steam burns

While carrying out work in an area that restricted mobility, two crew members of a passenger vessel suffered severe injuries from exposure to steam and hot water when a coupling failed.

Occurred: 27 November 2018
Published: 21 October 2019

Seabourn Encore breakaway

TAIC report. Whilst alongside in New Zealand, high wind speeds resulted in shoreside mooring bollards failing and the passenger vessel’s stern colliding with a cement bulk carrier.

Occurred: 12 February 2017
Published: 12 April 2019

Stena Spirit vehicle deck fatality

While offloading vehicles from the ferry, a passenger sustained fatal crush injuries.

Occurred: 20 September 2018
Published: 26 March 2019

Caledonian Sky grounding

Cruise ship grounding on an inadequately charted reef to the north of Kri Island, Indonesia.

Occurred: 04 March 2017
Published: 06 March 2019

Solent Star crush fatality

A crew member of a refrigerated cargo vessel was killed by a moving deck crane while attempting to carry out modifications.

Occurred: 01 May 2018
Published: 06 March 2019

Celtica Hav grounding

MAIB report. A general cargo vessel grounded on a training wall in the approach channel to the River Neath, Wales. The vessel experienced extensive shell plate damage to the hull leading to water ingress and engine room flooding.

Occurred: 27 March 2018
Published: 24 January 2019

Skandi Pacific crush injury

During cargo operations offshore and in deteriorating weather, an unsecured container onboard an offshore supply vessel struck a crew member, resulting in a fatality.

Occurred: 14 July 2015
Published: 12 December 2018

Four C's Adventure engine explosion

A charter off Great Exuma, Bahamas ended when the vessel’s engine exploded, resulting in a fatality and multiple serious injuries.

Occurred: 30 June 2018
Published: 01 October 2018

Sherice M galley fire

While docked in Bimini, Bahamas, a general cargo vessel experienced a fire in the galley which could not be controlled, leading to extensive damage of the vessel.

Occurred: 16 June 2018
Published: 31 August 2018

Seahero missing person

Whilst on passage from Bonny, Nigeria to Durban, South Africa, crew on board a VLCC became aware that one crew member was missing. An extensive search was unsuccessful.

Occurred: 18 May 2018
Published: 23 July 2018

Seadream I engine room fire

During passage, a passenger vessel activated its fire-fighting system in the engine room in an attempt to extinguish a fire originating from a fuel leakage.

Occurred: 01 September 2016
Published: 07 July 2018

Skandi Skansen mooring fatality

In preparation for an incoming anchor handling charter, a crew member on board the vessel was fatally injured during operation of the Anchor Handling Towing winch.

Occurred: 21 February 2016
Published: 14 June 2018

Pine Galaxy engine room fire

Lubrication oil to sprayed onto an exhaust gas manifold, resulting in a fire in which a member of the crew was fatally injured on board a chemical/products tanker.

Occurred: 13 August 2014
Published: 31 May 2018

Carnival Inspiration missing person

While underway, a crew member on board a passenger vessel reported his roommate missing. An extensive search was unsuccessful.

Occurred: 09 November 2017
Published: 23 May 2018

Vision of the Seas missing person

A passenger vessel realised one of the crew was missing after failure of attendance for training. An extensive search was unsuccessful.

Occurred: 08 December 2017
Published: 24 April 2018

Platinum Explorer crush fatality

While in a demobilised condition, a drill vessel was conducting maintenance when a crew member sustained fatal crush injuries from the Riser Feeding Machine.

Occurred: 25 February 2016
Published: 26 March 2018

Stena Spirit fire on vehicle deck

A ferry was underway from Karlskrona, Sweden to Gdynia, Poland where a fire broke out on the car deck.

Occurred: 31 August 2016
Published: 05 December 2017

Sunmi fatal fall during pilot transfer

MAIB report. While attempting to board a general cargo vessel, a pilot fell between the launch and vessel, resulting in their death.

Occurred: 05 October 2016
Published: 12 October 2017

Star Pride grounding

During a passage to Costa Rica, a passenger yacht vessel grounded on rocks in the Canal de Rancheria, which resulted in multiple hull breaches.

Occurred: 22 December 2016
Published: 17 August 2017

Marine Stars natural death

A crew member discovered the master of a bulk carrier vessel unconscious. Despite best efforts of the crew and officers, the captain passed away.

Occurred: 26 March 2017
Published: 04 July 2017

CMA CGM Berlioz missing person

While on passage from the southern end of the Suez Canal towards Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a container vessel learned that a member of the riding team was missing.

Occurred: 21 March 2017
Published: 07 June 2017

Harmony of the Seas lifeboat hook failure

During an abandon ship drill onboard a passenger vessel, the lifeboat destabilized while being lowered resulting in one crew members being killed and two severely injured.

Occurred: 13 September 2016
Published: 24 May 2017

Splendour of the Seas engine room fire

A passenger vessel experienced a machinery space fire in the forward engine room, while on passage from Mykonos to Argostoli Greece.

Occurred: 22 October 2015
Published: 11 May 2017

Freedom of the Seas engine room fire

Upon entry into the port of Falmouth Jamaica, a passenger vessel experienced multiple fire alarms from the machinery space, which eventually spread into the port side funnel casing.

Occurred: 22 July 2016
Published: 27 February 2017

Blackwatch engine room fire

While enroute from Ponta Delgada Azores to Funchal, Madeira, a passenger vessel experienced a fire originating from the auxiliary engine room.

Occurred: 01 July 2016
Published: 19 January 2017

Bahamas Celebration grounding

A passenger vessel grounded whilst outward bound from Freeport, Grand Bahama, causing significant flooding. The vessel was subsequently declared a total loss.

Occurred: 31 October 2014
Published: 21 April 2016

Amazon lifeboat hook failure

While at Constanta roads anchorage, a bulk carrier vessel carried out a routine abandon ship drill, where two crew members sustained injuries, one fatal and another minor.

Occurred: 12 April 2016
Published : 14 September 2016

Boudicca engine room fire

While travelling from Cadiz, Spain to Port of Arrecife, Lanzarote, a passenger vessel suffered a fire in the auxiliary engine room.

Occurred: 25 January 2015
Published: 25 July 2016

Baltic Ace v Corvus J collision

Vehicle carrier collided with a feeder container vessel within the Noordhinder Junction area of the southern North Sea, resulting in a catastrophic hull breach of one vessel, leading to loss of the Baltic Ace with eleven lives.

Occurred: 05 December 2012
Published: 27 May 2016

MOL Comfort loss of hull integrity

A container vessel suffered hull failure in in heavy weather whilst on passage in the Indian Ocean.

Occurred: 17 June 2013
Published: September 2015

Bulk Jupiter cargo liquefaction

While voyaging to South West Lamma, Hong Kong, a bulk carrier foundered when it lost stability as a result of cargo liquefaction, leaving one survivor.

Occurred: 02 January 2015
Published: 18 August 2015

Tai Shan engine room fire

A fire broke out in the upper parts of the engine room onboard a vehicle carrier transiting from Cotonou, Benin to Tianjin, China.

Occurred: 02 July 2014
Published: 11 August 2015

Marco Polo heavy weather damage

While underway from Ponta Delgada, Azores, a passenger vessel experienced heavy weather which resulted in damage to a window causing injuries to passengers and a fatality

Occurred: 14 February 2014
Published: 27 October 2014

Carnival Triumph engine room fire

During early hours, a passenger vessel experienced a fire in the aft engine room, near diesel generators as a result of fuel spray coming into contact with a hotspot.

Occurred: 10 February 2013
Published: 12 September 2014

Sea Spirit zodiac craft fatality

Part of an expedition cruise ship’s itinerary consisted of ship’s boats (Zodiacs) used for tours in arctic waters. During an expedition, whilst close to shore, rolling waves swamped one craft which resulted in one fatality and further injuries.

Occurred: 17 June 2013
Published: 10 February 2014

Atlantic Hero v Oriental Pioneer collision

While approaching the Eastern Boarding Ground of the Singapore Pilot Station, two loaded bulk carriers collided, resulting in a pollution incident.

Occurred: 02 July 2013
Published: 29 January 2014

Grandeur of the Seas accommodation fire

A passenger vessel underway had a fire develop which spread rapidly across a few decks causing major structural damage.

Occurred: 27 May 2013
Published: 17 January 2014

Mozu Arrow fatal fall

During an enclosed spaced entry drill onboard a forest product carrier, a crew member fell to their death whilst attempting to secure the simulated casualty to the stretcher.

Occurred: 26 January 2013
Published: 12 September 2013

Harbour Krystal cargo explosion

During a passage from Lavera France, to Amsterdam a chemical tanker experienced an explosion resulting in the disappearance of a crew member who was presumed deceased.

Occurred: 05 March 2013
Published: 30 August 2013

Vos Sailor heavy weather damage

While on station off of the Balmoral Platform, an Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel was struck by a large wave head-on resulting in extensive damage and flooding.

Occurred: 15 December 2012
Published: 02 August 2013

Condor Vitesse v Les Marquises collision

During a scheduled voyage between St Malo, France and St. Helier, Channel Islands, a ferry experienced a collision with a smaller fishing vessel.

Occurred: 28 March 2011
Published: 22 November 2011

Yeoman Bontrup fire

During cargo loading operations, a self-discharging bulk carrier experienced a fire which spread rapidly in the conveyor space, resulting in major damage to vessel and minor injuries to crew.

Occurred: 02 July 2010
Published: May 2011

Oscar Wilde auxiliary engine room fire

Upon departing Falmouth, UK, a Ro Ro passenger vessel experienced a fire in the auxiliary engine room which spread quickly across the compartment.

Occurred: 02 February 2010
Published: March 2011

Braemar water tight door entrapment

While departing port of Flaam, Norway , a crew member of a passenger vessel became entrapped between a watertight door between the purifier and auxiliary engine rooms while making rounds.

Occurred: 26 August 2009
Published: 26 October 2010

Nova Bretagne lifeboat hook failure

While recovering a lifeboat from the water on a refrigerated cargo vessel, the hooks opened unexpectedly releasing the lifeboat back into the water leading to injuries of crew members on board

Occurred: 14 November 2009
Published: 25 June 2010

Crete Cement grounding

A cement carrier ran aground off Aspond Island in the Oslofjord after missing a required alteration on the passage plan.

Occurred: 19 November 2008
Published: May 2010

Ficus grounding

Isle of Man report. During a large alteration of course, a Isle of Man registered tanker grounded in shallow waters off Goulding Cay, New Providence Island, Bahamas.

Occurred: 27 February 2008

Black Watch breakaway

While berthed at Gexto Pier in Bilbao, a cruise vessel forward mooring lines failed in high winds resulting in the gangway falling from the quayside causing minor injuries.

Occurred: 29 October 2008
Published: 17 July 2009

Monarch of the Seas hazardous material release

While performing maintenance on pulper system pipe work, noxious fumes were released when pipe flanges were broken on board a passenger vessel.

Occurred: 02 September 2005
Published: 01 June 2009

Moondance blackout resulting in grounding

A ro-ro cargo vessel grounded on the south-western bank of Carlingford Lough following an electrical blackout while shifting from a lay-by berth.

Occurred: 29 June 2008
Published: February 2009

Saga Rose dangerous space fatality

MAIB report. One crew crew member died and another was taken seriously ill after entering an oxygen deficient ballast tank onboard a passenger vessel whilst alongside in the UK.

Occurred: 11 June 2008
Published: January 2009

Mona Lisa grounding

A cruise vessel ran aground in the Ire strait about 10 miles off the north coast of Latvia.

Occurred: 04 May 2008
Published: 15 January 2009

Quest Grounding

A passenger vessel grounded in calm weather near the coast of the Disko Island in Greenland.

Occurred: 27 June 2007
Published: 04 August 2008

Condor Express v High Speed Craft HD1 collision

During a berthing operation, high speed craft HD1 contacted the moored high speed craft Condor Express while attempting to berth

Occurred: 28 July 2007
Published: 05 May 2008

Setsuyo Star structural failure

Substantial structural damage to the single side shell structure of cargo hold No.1 was observed on a bulk carrier vessel after periods of adverse weather enroute to China.

Occurred: June 2006
Published: 05 May 2008

Explorer and Voyager heavy weather damage

Sister passenger vessels suffered similar damage as a result of heavy weather.

Occurred: 27 January & 14 February 2005
Published: June 2007

Seven Seas Navigator generator room fire

A passenger vessel experienced a fire on the No.2 Diesel generator while underway.

Occurred: 17 January 2005
Published: 12 February 2007

Panam Serena cargo vapour explosion

A chemical tanker experienced a series of violent explosions which resulted in an intense fire amidships, within the cargo tank area of the vessel while at Porto Torres.

Occurred : 01 January 2004
Published: April 2006

Karen Danielsen allision with Great Belt West Bridge

While departing from Svendborg Denmark, a cargo vessel collided with the Great Belt West bridge losing the foremast, crane and part of its superstructure. One fatality.

Occurred: 03 March 2005
Published: 17 August 2005

Prestige loss of hull integrity

An oil tanker experienced difficulties in heavy weather, resulting in a 20 degree list to starboard. After being refused entry to a port of refuge, the vessel broke in two due to extensive hull damage.

Occurred: 19 November 2002
Published: November 2004

Laurentian engine room fire

While in the process of deploying a streamer, an offshore supply/survey vessel experienced back-to-back fires on a main engine.

Occurred: 11 October 2001
Published: 23 April 2002

Nariva engine room fire

A chemical tanker suffered an engine room fire with thick smoke and flames coming from the funnel while on voyage from Lavera, France, to Tjelbergodden Norway.

Occurred: 14 August 2001
Published: 14 January 2002

Westchester grounding

While steaming upstream in the Mississippi River, a tanker experienced main engine failure and ran aground.

Occurred: 28 November 2000
Published: 01 May 2002

Pac Monarch lifeboat hook failure

While lowering a lifeboat with crew members on board a bulk carrier, the release mechanism disengaged releasing the boat into the water and resulting in three fatalities

Occurred: 26 October 2000

Cemcon Grounding

On approaching Crabbs, Antigua, a cement carrier ran aground. It was found that the channel was not marked by a recognisable system of buoyage and the buoys weren’t marked on any chart available to bridge team.

Occurred: 23 October 1999
Published: 22 February 2001

HEDLO Grounding

A cargo vessel on passage from Rotterdam to Sandnes near Bergen ran aground on Urter Island while loaded with a cargo of steel products.

Occurred: 25 December 1999
Published: 16 February 2001

Norway engine room fire

During transit, a passenger vessel experienced a crack in a control oil pipe for a turbo generator. This crack resulted in pressurized control oil spraying onto a superheated steam valve and therefore igniting and causing a fire.

Occurred: 28 May 1999
Published: 16 February 2001

Svitzer Mercator flooding

While carrying out underwater inspections, a survey vessel observed water leaking into the engine room through the hull.

Occurred: 05 May 1999
Published: 16 February 2001

Norwegian Dream v Ever Decent collision

While on approach to the Dover Strait amidst heavy traffic congestion, a passenger vessel collided with a container ship.

Occurred : 24 August 1999
Published: 12 April 2000

Anjana flooding and subsequent sinking

A bulk carrier vessel underway through the North Sea encountered storm conditions, and discovered water entering the cargo holds.

Occurred: 20 December 1997
Published: 18 January 2000

Celtic Warrior v Annegret collision

While on passage from Piraeus, Greece to Beirut, Lebanon a container vessel had a collision with a general cargo vessel leading to the vessel being abandoned and sank.

Occurred: 07 December 1997
Published: 17 January 2000

Raven Arrow grounding

A geared bulk carrier ran aground off the west coast of Canada with two pilots onboard.

Occurred: 24 September 1997

Tomfield grounding

On a coastal ballast voyage from Wicklow to Cork (Eire), a cargo vessel was stranded on rocks and unable to be re-floated.

Occurred: 13 January 1996

Sagafjord fire engine room fire

A passenger vessel suffered an engine room fire while on passage between Hong Kong and Kota Kinabalu.

Occurred: 26 February 1996

Pearl loss of stability

During transit from Kandla, India to Dubai, a geared general cargo vessel experienced a list of approximately 20 degrees causing the vessel to black out and require assistance.

Occurred: 23 September 1995

Icevinha v towed barge collision

While underway to make an approach to anchorage off Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, USA, a tanker collided with a tug and barge tow and received damage to port wing ballast tank.

Occurred: 22 August 1995

Euromagique fire in engine room

A ferry departed Sheerness, UK enroute to Vlissingen Netherlands, where a fire was detected at the aft end of the starboard engine.

Occurred: 17 June 1995

Royal Pacific v Teh Fu No.51 collision

A passenger vessel collided with a fishing vessel in the Malacca Strait. The passenger vessel suffered uncontrollable flooding and was lost with nine lives lost.

Occurred: 23 August 1992