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SHIP NAME: Ficus KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source IOM
type L
volume
material
dead 0
link http://www.gov.im/lib/docs/dt/shipregistry/ficusgrounding2008.pdf

A very rare, excellent flag state report. The Isle of Man is just about the only flag of convenience that takes its post-casualty responsibilities seriously.

The primary cause was the OOW started his turn around the westerly corner of New Providence too soon. The crew size of 25 was adequate and IOM found no evidence of fatigue. However, the OOW was distracted by repeated unsuccessful attempts to contact the pilots. And the master was not on the bridge when the turn was made because he was working on paperwork needed for the impending arrival.

The 2001 built ship had a full panoply of navigational equipment. In fact, prior to the turn the ship was in track control mode in which the programmed course is maintained via the ECDIS system from GPS position data. The waypoint for the turn from 224 to 121 was properly input. But the Track Control System flashes an alert two minutes prior to beginning a waypoint turn. When this alert sounded, the OOW put the system in manual and commenced the turn. In hindsight, he should have let the system make the turn.

It was daylight. Visibility was good, said to be 10.8 nm. But a strong, Beaufort 7 wind was blowing from the southwest. This aggravated the problem by setting the part-loaded ship toward the shore, but was not causal.

The ship grounded at 0911, 3 hours before high tide. But there is not much tide in this area. The tidal height at impact was 0.8m; high tide was about 1.0m.

The hull was not penetrated except for a cracked valve in the FP tank which allowed some water ingress.


source CTX
type C
volume
material
dead 0
link

Some cargo was lightened, while simultaneously ballasting to keep the ship in place, until she was refloated early 2008-03-05.