Completed PE summary

George Lyras

Category Merchant
Registered Owner & Manager: Paralos M. Paralos Maritime Corporat
Flag: Greece
Type: Dry Cargo/Bulk Carrier
Built: 1984
Classification society: Lloyds Register
Construction: Steel
Length overall: 192
Gross tonnage: 22322.00
Date & Time 15/11/05 00:40
Location of incident: Tilbury 5129.7N 00028.5E
Incident Type: Collision
Injuries/ fatalities: None
Damage/ Pollution: Material Damage/Pollution caused


This bulk carrier collided with five unlit barges at night while outbound on the River Thames. The barges were drifting in the channel after their mooring had parted. A shackle in the mooring system had failed due to twisting which occurred after a swivel piece had been jammed but a wire/rope. The drifting barges were not noticed on the ship's radar or by VTS.

Action taken:

To prevent a similar accident occurring in the future - the ship owner was advised to:

  • Ensure that an adequate lookout is maintained at all times, including proper monitoring of radars.

  • Ensure that the general alarm is sounded in similar circumstances.

- the port authority was advised to:

  • Ensure that customers using its moorings utilise appropriate securing methods.

  • Ensure that VTS screens are adequately monitored at all times.

- the barge operating company was advised to:

  • Ensure its employees use appropriate securing methods when tying up moorings.

  • Ensure that its safety management system includes lessons learned from this and previous accidents involving moorings.