C2/2006M M/S SUNDBYHOLM, Grounding on the North Side of Korppoo on 8 August, 2006 S/S UKKOPEKKA, Grounding in front of the Ruissalo on 10 August, 2006
M/S SUNDBYHOLM, Grounding on the North Side of Korppoo on 8.8.2006
M/S SUNDBYHOLM departed the Nauvo parish village on 8 August 2006 at 10.20. There were 42 passengers and 2 crew members on board. The Master had a nautical map and a plotter as navigational aids. The radar was not in use. According to the Master he navigated with the assistance of the nautical map and visual observations. The vessel’s destination was pleasure craft harbour Norrskata fyren. The Master hadn’t called the place before. The departure of the vessel was 20 minutes late, so the Master decided to cut across the inlet between the islands Norrskata and Åmlot. He had no former experience of the inlet. There was no written route plan made by the Master.
There was one passenger in the cockpit familiarizing with the navigation. According to the Master the presence of the passenger in the cockpit disturbed him while he was focusing on navigation. The Master had planned to manoeuvre the vessel between the on water rock and the island of Åmlot but the inlet seemed to be too narrow. Therefore the Master avoided the rock in order to manoeuvre on the west side of the rock. According to the recording of the plotter, the vessel drifted to the shoal on the south-west side of the on water rock approximately at 11.27. The speed of the vessel was approximately 4–5 knots.
The cause of the accident was the deviation to the water area, of which the Master had no former experience. The presence of the passenger in the cockpit and the Master’s increased BAC-level can be considered as a contributing factors for the accident. The Master’s BAC-level was above the Finnish penalty limit for seafarers.
The commission of accident investigation addresses safety recommendations to the Finnish Maritime Administration for auditing the voyage planning practises of the inland passenger vessels and to the SUNDBYHOLM’s owner for taking in use absolute 0-tolerance regarding alcohol among the vessel staff.
S/S UKKOPEKKA, Grounding in front of the Ruissalo on 10 August, 2006
The Finnish passenger ship S/S UKKOPEKKA departed Aurajoki river at Turku on 10 August 2006 towards the old town’s harbour of Naantali. There were 64 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
The radar of the ship was not in use during the journey because the weather was so fine that the utilisation of the radar was considered unnecessary. The Master was navigating optically and according to him he estimated wrong the distance to the red spar buoy, located next to the shoal. The red spar buoy marks the fairway to Ruissalo spa but not the fairway UKKOPEKKA was navigating beside. Previously there were bow net’s mark poles next to the shoal, which were good for measuring the distance. According to the Master the mark poles had been there, at the same place every summer but every autumn they were gathered up by the fisherman. This time the poles were gathered up the day before the accident.
UKKOPEKKA ran aground at the northern Airisto at 15.00 according to the VTS recording. The speed of the vessel was 6,5 knots.
During the preceding moments of the accident the Master did modifications to the electronic route plan, whereupon the nautical map and the route plan on it were not visible. During this the vessel had drifted to the north-east side of the fairway, sketched to the route plan. There was neither a written version of the route plan nor a version sketched to the paper nautical map.
While the vessel was on the shoal both the Master and the restaurant chief informed exemplarily the passengers both in Finnish and in English about the incident and actions to be made after the incident.
UKKOPEKKA became re-floating after the passengers had been evacuated to owner’s two other passenger vessels. When the vessel had been removed from the shoal she was steered back to Turku, to the port of departure, where a diver checked the bottom of the vessel which was undamaged and the vessel got a permission to continue in the trade. UKKOPEKKA departed for a new cruise towards the Loistokari the same evening at 20.00.
The cause of the accident was the lack of monitoring the route plan made on the electronic nautical chart and the navigation outside of the official fairway area. The inadequate utilisation of the navigation equipment (radar) and the fact that the route plan was not being done to the paper nautical map can be considered as contributing factors for the accident.
The Accident investigation commission addresses safety recommendations to the owner of the UKKOPEKKA, in order to add to the ISM Main Manual explicit procedures for safe navigation, which also includes voyage planning.