MAIB Annual report 2019

The MAIB has published its 2019 Annual Report examining & investigating all types of marine accidents such as the grounding of the fishing vessel Coelleira (OB 93) on Ve Skerries

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) 2019 Annual Report showed nine incidents involving UK-registered fishing vessels with six lives lost.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or onboard UK vessels worldwide, and other vessels in UK territorial waters. Located in ofices in Southampton, the MAIB is a separate, independent branch within the Department for Transport (DfT). The head of the MAIB, the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, reports directly to the Secretary of State for Transport.

The Branch raised 1222 reports of marine accidents and incidents and commenced 22 investigations in 2019, compared with 1227 reports and 23 investigations started in 2018. Tragically, 13 investigations involved loss of life. As further explained below, 2019 was also a year of significant change as the MAIB prepared to operate independently of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), introduced a new case management system, and agreed to undertake safety investigations on behalf of the Category 1 Red Ensign Group (REG) registries.

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 On fishing vessel safety, Chief Inspector Captain Andrew Moll said, “Investigating commercial fishing vessel accidents continues to be a significant part of the Branch’s work, mainly as a result of fatalities and vessel losses. Six people lost their lives in marine accidents, the same number as in 2018. While this number appears low, given the small numbers of professional fishermen it represents, it is still a very high fatality rate compared to other UK industries. A great deal of effort has been expended by the Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG) to promote the wearing of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and in November 2018 the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) published Marine Guidance Note 5881, making clear its expectation that fishermen wear PFDs on the working decks of fishing vessels. That none of the three fishermen who died in the water in 2019 were wearing PFDs is therefore of great concern. Based on recent figures, embedding this behavioural change could halve the fatality rate in the fishing industry.”


Fishing vessel accidents and fatalities 2019 investigated by the MAIB


Date of Occurrence

Occurrence Details



3 Feb

Capsize and sinking of the UK registered fishing vessel Investor while east of Ardnamurchan Point, Scotland. The investigation was subsequently discontinued in accordance with The Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 2012 Para 11(9). The reason for this decision is that the issues identified by the investigation have already been the subject of MAIB safety recommendations. Nevertheless, the MAIB may, in the future, publish the story as an anonymised safety digest article.

27 Mar

Fatal man overboard from the UK registered fishing vessel Sea Mist (BF918) of Macduff, Scotland.

29 Apr

Fatal accident on board the UK registered fishing vessel Artemis (FR 809) while berthed alongside in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland.

28 Jun

Fatal injury to crewman on board the UK registered fishing vessel Olivia Jean (TN35) of the east coast of Aberdeen, Scotland.

24 Jul

Fatal man overboard from the UK registered fishing vessel May C (SY213) of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

4 Aug

Stranding of the Spanish owned UK registered fishing vessel Coelleira (OB 93) on Ve Skerries, a low-lying reef of the west coast of the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

18 Aug

Flooding and sinking of the UK registered fishing vessel Ocean Quest (FR375) while 75nm north-east of Fraserburgh, Scotland. All crew were rescued safely

23 Sept

Capsize of the UK registered 6m fishing vessel Anna-Marie II (WK837) near Brora in the Scottish Highlands, with the loss of one life.

15 Nov

Fatality on board the UK registered fishing vessel Resurgam (PZ1001) following the accidental activation of an engine room fire suppression system while alongside at Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall, England.


See the reports here:


MAIB Annual Report 2019


MAIB Accident Statistics 2019
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MAIB 2019 Annual Report into Marine Accidents and Fatalities

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