Grounding: FV Moyuna – Skipper Looked For Light That Wasn’t There

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Skipper looked for non-existent light following a dodgy track

When the fishing vessel Moyuna grounded on rocks on 21 November 2011 while approaching Ardglass Harbour she became a hard-taught lesson in navigation. An experienced skipper navigating by eye looking for a green light that wasn’t there and following a historic track on a plotter lost positional awareness at night.

It would have been wiser to use the sectored white light on the North Pier which could have guided him safely but he wasn’t looking for it and it was not marked clearly on the chart plotter.

The green light, the Ardtole Beacon, had gone out that day and the harbourmaster had issued an alert by VHF through the Belfast Coastguard but Moyuna was out of range. Continue reading »

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