Incident investigation for the electrical blackout and grounding of containership Clonlee
MAIB issues Report on the investigation of the electrical blackout and subsequent grounding of the feeder container vessel Clonlee on the River Tyne, England on 16 March 2011.
At 0110 on 16 March 2011, the Isle of Man registered feeder container vessel Clonlee suffered an electrical blackout as she entered the Port of Tyne, England. The ship’s engineers were unable to restore the ship’s power immediately and the vessel ran aground on Little Haven Beach at about 6 to 7 knots. The grounding caused no injuries and the vessel’s hull remained intact.
The probable cause of the electrical power failure was an intermittent electrical fault within the ship’s electrical power supply and distribution systems. Clonlee ran aground because the power failure occurred within the confined waters of the harbour entrance and the master was unable to stop the vessel.
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