After the ship had passed through a narrow sound, it was approaching its destination. The captain, who was alone on the bridge apart from a guide, set the ship on course at the same time as he spoke to the passengers via the PA system to inform them about their impending arrival. The investigation showed that the captain yawed a minute or two too early and the ship grounded.
A deckhand had come up to the bridge immediately before the grounding. Damage was caused to the rudder posts and other parts. It became apparent that the partial bulkhead surrounding them was not watertight and a rather large leak occurred. The captain called the MRCC and was given help almost immediately by another ship in the proximity. Attempts to tow the ship off the ground were made without consulting a ship inspector, but these were unsuccessful. The passengers were evacuated and after a while sufficient help was obtained with pumps. After consulting with the ship inspector who had arrived, the ship could be towed off the ground about four hours after it first grounded.
It is crucial that navigation is followed continuously, not least when making changes of course in narrow channels. An active lookout, which is normally required, could probably have prevented this accident.
There may be great risks involved in attempting to move a ship immediately after grounding. Under all conditions, an attempt to move the ship should not be made until it is certain that there is sufficient pump capacity to keep water out, otherwise the damage may be far worse.
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