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    MAIB releases report on collision

    News // June 5, 2000
    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in the UK has published its report on the investigation of the collision between the fishing vessel Luc and the standby vessel Toisa Puffin.The collision occurred eight and a half miles due east of the River Tyne on 13 June 1999.At 1630 on 13 June 1999, the MAIB was informed of a collision between a safety stand-by vessel and a fishing vessel engaged in trawling. An investigation was initiated the next day.The 782gt Bahamian registered offshore safety stand-by vessel Toisa Puffin collided with the 17.8m fishing vessel Luc. Toisa Puffin was on passage towards Aberdeen Bay. Luc was engaged in trawling.Both vessels sustained minor damage above the waterline. There was no pollution.The collision was caused by the mate of Toisa Puffin failing to detect he was on a collision course with another vessel early enough to take effective avoiding action, says the MAIB.Contributory causes included Toisa Puffin's mate failing to maintain a proper lookout, and Luc's skipper neither making an appropriate sound signal nor taking avoiding action early enough, contrary to the Collision Regulations.The MAIB says it has no safety recommendations to issue at this time. It says the collision was caused by the mate of Toisa Puffin failing to detect he was on a collision course with another vessel early enough to take effective avoiding action.It says the mate of Toisa Puffin failed to maintain a proper lookout, contrary to the Collision Regulations, and failed to make a full appraisal of the situation after altering course to 350.Furthermore, the MAIN says the mate of Toisa Puffin was more concerned with plotting a position on the chart and making a log book entry than with keeping a proper lookout.The skipper of Luc failed to make the appropriate sound signal at an early stage, contrary to Rule 34(d) of the Collision Regulations, and he failed to take avoiding action in ample time.The MAIB report says the skipper of Luc assume Toisa Puffin was coming close alongside to observe fishing operations.The MAIB says autopilot failure was not a contributory cause of the accident.It says the mate of Toisa Puffin assumed that a risk of collision did not exist, based on the information he obtained from the vessel's ARPA radar before altering course.However, says the MAIB, full use of the vessel's ARPA radar would have alerted the mate of Toisa Puffin to the danger of a collision.Contrary to the advice provided in Marine Guidance Note MGN 27, the skipper of Luc wasted valuable time trying to make contact with Toisa Puffin by VHF radio.

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