The ship was travelling during the night towards the harbour after two day’s fishing. The crew member on watch fell asleep in the relatively comfortable chair on the bridge, even though he had not worked more than permitted. He did not wake up until the ship had actually grounded.
During salvage attempts a salvage company was engaged, and some help was received from the Coast Guard. The salvaging attempt, which was unsuccessful, had to be called off the following evening due to heavy weather.
The next day it was discovered that the ship had drifted away and had once again grounded about one nautical mile to the northwest. It was not towed off until one day later and was assessed by the insurance company as a total write-off. The greatest damage incurred was due to water entering through the cooling water intake pipe.
According to the investigation, the crew member had been given the resting time prescribed. Nevertheless, seamen are in general warned about the risk of the effects of tiredness. In the IMO guidelines for decreasing and dealing with fatigue, a number of practical tips are given about what can be done to avoid tiredness. The pamphlet can be ordered from the Maritime Safety Inspectorate.
The event also shows that it is crucial that any pipes passing through the hull such as the cooling water intake are correctly installed. The real damage arose in this case not so much from the grounding but from sea water entering the hull. It is also likely that a lookout, who should be present as well as the navigator, could have prevented the accident.
The risk of falling asleep would probably have been less if an alarm had been used in one of the devices on the bridge, which would have indicated when the ship had gone past the programmed waypoints.
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