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SHIP NAME: Gudermes KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source LMIU
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In collision with m trawler Saint Jacques II in 51 10.2 S 01 39.4 E 23 Apr 2001 Sustained a 24-foot by 6-foot tear to port side 71 tonnes of oil spilt Pollution dispersing naturally Left Dover area 24 Apr. Ar Southampton 25 Apr for repairs Sd 05 May.


source MAIB
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link http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/2002/gudermes_and_saint_jacques.cfm


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In August 2002, the owner and skipper of the fishing vessel St Jacues II made history by being the first "third party" to be prosecuted for causing pollution by a tanker. The spill resulted from a collision in the English Channel between the fishing vessel and the Gudermes. The polluter pays principle was applied as the collision was caused by the fishing vessel.


source CTX
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volume 110T
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UK CoastGuard news says The two vessels had been observed by Dover Coastguard on the radar system which monitors the Dover Straits. The French fishing vsl was a rogue in the SW Lane and had been seen by the Coastguard merging with the Gudermes. She was using the wrong lane to get to the fishing grounds a little quicker than other boats that had left Boulogne at the same time.

The collision caused a 20ft by 6 ft gash in the port bow, 10 ft abv the waterline. In the photos, it appears to be quite shallow. It is quite like a 2m deep double side would not have been pentrated. The tank which was ruptured has lost 110 tons of oil into the water. The remainder of the oil has been transferred elsewhere within the vessel. Other sources agree the St Jacues was a rogue, and one source says the French captain and mate were arrested in Boulogne. Captain later reduced spillage to 71 tons, but some sources say that's an over-estimate.

The MAIB report is excellent, a model of completeness, competence and objectivity. The MAIB report makes clear that the root cause was that the fishing vessel was crossing the SW lane of the Dover Straits TSS with only a deckhand on watch. The deckhand spoke no English, so he could not understand any warnings. The fishing vessel was the burdened vessel but the deck hand, either asleep or confused by the traffic, did nothing until it was too late. The Gudemes altered to starboard at the last minute, but that was too late.