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COLLISION BETWEEN RED FALCON AND PHOENIX

COLLISION BETWEEN RED FALCON AND PHOENIX

Collision between Red Falcon and Phoenix. On 29 September 2018, the UK registered roll-on roll-off passenger ferry Red Falcon and the privately-owned motor cruiser Phoenix collided in the Thorn Channel, Southampton, England. Both vessels were heading for Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The ferry was carrying 20 crew and 182 passengers, and the motor cruiser had four persons on board. Phoenix was pinned against the ferry’s bow for 18 seconds and was seriously damaged. Red Falcon was not damaged. There were no injuries and no pollution.

The MAIB investigation identified that the lookout on both Red Falcon and Phoenix was solely by eye. However, Red Falcon’s bridge team did not see the motor cruiser on the starboard bow due to their focus on a sailing vessel close on the port side, which was potentially impeding the next intended course alteration. Phoenix was also obscured by the sun’s glare. Phoenix’s owner did not see the ferry approaching on the motor cruiser’s port quarter because he was looking ahead.

Following the accident, an internal investigation by the Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited, Red Falcon’s owner, identified several areas
of navigational watchkeeping practice to be improved. In view of this action, no recommendations have been made.

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