UK based Marine Accident Investigations Branch report revealed the facts behind the grounding of General cargo vessel ‘Priscilla’, in Pentland Skerries, Pentland Firth, Scotland
Netherlands registered Priscilla, with length overall 88.97m, departed from Klaipeda, Lithuania on 14 July 2018 with a cargo of 3300 tonnes (t) of fertilizer, bound for Silloth, England. Once outside the Skagerrak, Priscilla commenced a direct passage across the North Sea towards Pentland Firth
At 0443 local time on 18th July 2018, Priscilla ran aground on Pentland Skerries at night in calm sea conditions, fine weather and good visibility.
According to recently released MAIB report, as Priscilla approached danger, none of the aids to safe navigation were in use, and the systems designed to help keep the OOW alert or warn others of his incapacitation had been disabled.
Priscilla’s grounding was reconstructed in a bridge simulator7 . The aim of the reconstruction was to gain an appreciation of the environment of the accident and potential factors influencing decision-making. Priscilla’s movement for the 1-hour period prior to grounding was reconstructed using AIS track data.