An articulated tanker truck rammed through the stern doors of a high-speed ferry after the driver left the vehicle’s hand-brake off and stranded passengers aboard the vehicle overnight. The vehicle had not been properly stowed or fitted with the necessary securing points, wheel chocks were not appropriately positioned. Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has recommended has been made to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, MCA, and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, VOSA, to ensure that road hauliers are made aware of the need to make their vehicles safe to transport by sea.
Further recommendations have been made to the MCA aimed at ensuring
that the securing arrangements and practices on board all high speed craft carrying freight vehicles comply with their cargo securing manuals and the applicable codes of practice, and confirming that procedures include robust measures to ensure that the parking brakes of all vehicles have been applied. Recommendations have also been made to Stena Line and Turner (Soham) Ltd to improve the ability of these companies to meet the guidelines of the codes of practice relating to the secure stowage of freight vehicles at sea.