Final report was published on Wednesday 8th November 2000-
images displayed on this site may have reduced detail and
clarity from those used at the public
images used at the public hearings have been placed on this
have been allocated numbers which may not be consecutive
MV DERBYSHIRE, British flagged, owned and crewed, disappeared
virtually without trace when the vessel became involved with Typhoon
Orchid, south of Japan on about 9 September 1980. All on board, 42
crew and two wives, were lost. The DERBYSHIRE was a modern (built
1976), fully equipped and well-managed ore-bulk-oil (OBO)
combination carrier. At over 90,000 gross tons she was, and remains,
the largest UK ship to have ever been lost at sea.
the MV DERBYSHIRE was lost at sea a number of Investigations and
Reports have been completed to determine the circumstances
surrounding the sinking of the vessel.
the assessors' report into the MV DERBYSHIRE surveys were completed
and published on 12 March 1998; the Deputy Prime Minister ordered
that the Formal Investigation be re-opened.These
pages have been set up to accommodate the hearing transcripts from
the MV DERBYSHIRE re-opened Formal Investigation, which commenced on
5 April 2000.
The following transcripts are available in Adobe Acrobat format
for downloading. The Adobe® Acrobat Reader® can be freely downloaded.