Lessons to be learned from MAIB report on Karin Schepers grounding

The container vessel Karin Schepers (7,852 gt) grounded on 3 August 2011 on the Cornish coast while on passage from Cork, Ireland to Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Master relieved the second officer as the officer of the watch at 0323 that morning, and he fell asleep a short time later. No lookout was posted, and with no-one awake on the bridge the vessel continued on for over two hours, crossing the Land’s End Traffic Separation Scheme before grounding close to Pendeen Lighthouse, West Cornwall, England. The vessel was undamaged, and the crew were able to refloat her on the rising tide.


This incident involves the grounding of container vessel, but INTERTANKO feels that there are lessons to be learned for the tanker industry. The report highlights issues of fatigue, alcohol use, failure to implement SMS thoroughly, poor reporting and use of VDR. It particularly highlights the need for crew to fully support, believe in and implement the requirements of company Safety Management Systems (SMSs). At the same time it explains how and why companies need to be aware of how effective their SMS implementation is, and the level of success vessel leadership teams have in managing this.


To view the full report (© Crown copyright, 2012) click here.


Contact: John Boreman