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MAIB report into River Mersey collision between "Sea Express 1" and "Alaska Rainbow" 28 September 2007

Operational procedures in Douglas are to be reviewed to confirm that they meet the standards recommended for Liverpool by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the collision involving the Steam Packet Company’s Sea Express 1 in the River Mersey.

Captain Michael Brew, the Department’s Director of Harbours, welcomed the MAIB report and said there are lessons to be learned by all the parties involved as well as by other shipping companies and ports.

The report carries several recommendations for the Steam Packet Company, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company and J.G. Goumas (Shipping) Company, owner of the Alaska Rainbow which collided with the Sea Express 1 on 3rd February 2007.

‘As expected, it is a very professional and thorough report,’ said Captain Brew. ‘It appears that the Steam Packet Company and its staff have, broadly, come out of the incident satisfactorily, particularly regarding the way in which the crew handled the incident after the collision. The Company has already taken steps to implement many of the MAIB’s recommendations as they coincided with the outcome of its own internal review.
‘The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company’s river traffic control and pilotage management procedures have come in for significant criticism. There are a series of recommendations that the company must take into consideration.
‘As these recommendations deal with establishing good, safe operational practice, the Department of Transport will review the similar procedures that apply to Douglas. The purpose of the review is to confirm that vessels using the Island’s harbours, particularly Douglas, are managed safely and effectively.’

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