Systems to prevent a pilot’s fatigue, an officer of the watch distracted by other duties, an undermanned bridge and uncorrected charts led to the grounding of the Bahamas-flagged Crete Cement on the south-eastern tip of Aspond Island. She was able to continue but flooding due to compromised watertight integrity led to intentional beaching in the Grisebubukta bay off Fagerstrand.
A joint investigation by the Accident Investigation Board of Norway and the Bahamas Maritime Authority says: “In the early morning of 19 November 2008, the Crete Cement was heading for Slemmestad, after having taken on board approximately 5,000 tonnes of cement at Norcem Brevik.
There were 13 crew on board, including a pilot. The bridge was manned by the pilot, the officer of the watch and a lookout. On passing Digerud, the course should have been altered to starboard to pass between Digerud and Aspond Island. This was not done, and the Crete Cement ran aground at the south-eastern tip of Aspond Island at 06.31.