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Formal Investigation Report

 

This is the Marchioness/Bowbelle Formal Investigation under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
The report and annexes were made available on this site at 11am on Friday 23rd March 2001.

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 Formal Investigation Report....................................................................

 995 kb

 5 minutes
 Formal Investigation Annexes.................................................................

 18,194 kb

 94 minutes

 

Due to the large size of the report document, each part has been made available as a separate file.
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 FI Report - CONTENTS  34 kb  < 1 minute
 FI Report - GENERAL...........................................................................  34 kb  < 1 minute
 FI Report Part 1 - COLLISION................................................................  613 kb  3 minutes
 FI Report Part 2 - LOSS OF LIFE...........................................................  70 kb  < 1 minute
 FI Report Part 3 - SEARCH AND RESCUE.............................................  132 kb  1 minute
 FI Report Part 4 - PENALTIES...............................................................  81 kb  < 1 minute
 FI Report Part 5 - THE FUTURE.............................................................  118 kb  1 minute
 FI Report Part 6 - SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS..................................  92 kb  < 1 minute

 

Due to the large size of the annexes volume, each annex has also been made available as a separate file.
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 FI Report - Annex Contents...................................................................  89 kb  < 1 minute
 FI Report - Annex A..............................................................................  329 kb  2 minutes
    - Agreed List of all Persons on board MARCHIONESS
    - Representation of Parties
    - List of those in Attorney General's Team
    - Marchioness Action Group Membership
    - Marchioness Contact Group Membership
    - Factual Witnesses Called to Give Evidence to FI
    - Additional Witness Statements Tendered in Evidence at FI
    - Dramatis Personae
    - Expert Evidence in FI
    - Assessor's CV's
 FI Report - Annex B..............................................................................  76 kb  < 1 minute
    - Correspondence with Attorney General
 FI Report - Annex C..............................................................................  897 kb  5 minutes
    - Chronology
 FI Report - Annex D..............................................................................  912 kb  5 minutes
    - BOW Vessel's Particulars
    - Photograph of BOWBELLE
    - Photograph of view from bridge of BOWBELLE
    - Photograph of forward masthead light on BOWBELLE
    - Photograph of aft lights on BOWBELLE
    - Organograms
    - BOWBELLE Crew Qualifications & Experience
 FI Report - Annex E..............................................................................  629 kb  3 minutes
    - Particulars of Vessels Owned by Tidal Cruises Ltd
    - Photograph of MARCHIONESS as open launch
    - Photograph of MARCHIONESS before her conversion
    - Photograph of MARCHIONESS as converted
    - Plan of MARCHIONESS as built
    - Plan of MARCHIONESS' proposed conversion
    - Plan of MARCHIONESS sent to Department in 1980
    - Plan of MARCHIONESS showing enclosure of aft deck
    - Plans of MARCHIONESS prepared by Captain Beetham
    - MARCHIONESS Crew Qualifications & Experience
 FI Report - Annex F..............................................................................  569 kb  3 minutes
    - Extract from British Admiralty Chart 3319
    - PLA Chart 317 (marked to show bridges)
    - PLA Charts 317 (marked to show MARCHIONESS wreck position)
    - Photographs of River Thames and bridges
 FI Report - Annex G..............................................................................  356 kb  2 minutes
    - Channel 14 Transcript
 FI Report - Annex H..............................................................................  62 kb  < 1 minute
    - Extract form BOWBELLE's Deck Log Book
    - Extract form BOWBELLE's Engine Movement Book
 FI Report - Annex I................................................................................  168 kb  1 minute
    - Attorney General's Plots and Notes
 FI Report - Annex J...............................................................................  103 kb  1 minute
    - Marchioness Action Group Plots and Notes
 FI Report - Annex K..............................................................................  89 kb  < 1 minute
    - Marchioness Contact Group Plots and Notes
 FI Report - Annex L...............................................................................  136 kb  1 minute
    - Faldo Plots and Notes
 FI Report - Annex M..............................................................................  43 kb  < 1 minute
    - Assessor's Plot B
 FI Report - Annex N..............................................................................  1,205 kb  6 minutes
    - PLA River Bylaws 1978 )as amended)
    - PLA Notice No.20 of 1984
    - Extract from Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention
      of Collisions) Regulations SI1989 No.1798 (rule 8)
 FI Report - Annex O..............................................................................  494 kb  3 minutes
    - Merchant Shipping Notice M1188
    - Code of Good Management
    - Marine Guidance Note 40 (M)
 FI Report - Annex P..............................................................................  336 kb  2 minutes
    - Photographs of MARCHIONESS (wheelbox hatch)
    - Photograph of MARCHIONESS (steps in wheelbox leading to hatch)
    - Photograph of MARCHIONESS (side steps and handrails)
    - Photograph of MARCHIONESS (bar deck)
 FI Report - Annex Q..............................................................................  50 kb  < 1 minute
    - List of Vessels Inspected
 FI Report - Annex R..............................................................................  127 kb  1 minute
    - Schedule of Witness Evidence (perceived effect of collision)
 FI Report - Annex S..............................................................................  173 kb  1 minute
    - Dr Oakley's Schedules and Notes
 FI Report - Annex T...............................................................................  102 kb  1 minute
    - Agreed Note on Means of Escape and Life-Saving Appliances
 FI Report - Annex U..............................................................................  109 kb  1 minute
    - Attorney General's Summary Chronology
 FI Report - Annex V..............................................................................  108 kb  1 minute
    - Metropolitan Police Service's Chronology
 FI Report - Annex W.............................................................................  183 kb  1 minute
    - London Fire Brigade's Chronology
 FI Report - Annex X...............................................................................  159 kb  1 minute
    - PLA's Note on Training
 FI Report - Annex Y..............................................................................  779 kb  4 minutes
    - DETR Actions Since Thames Safety Inquiry
 FI Report - Annex Z...............................................................................  199 kb  1 minute
    - Questions and Answers