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Marine accident report about the grounding of VICTORIA on 10 February 2017 

23. August 2017

On 10 February 2017, the Portuguese-flagged container ship VICTORIA went aground at the entrance to the deepwater channel Lillegrund, Denmark. Though the bridge crew were aware of the shallow waters ahead, they were caught by surprise when the grounding occurred. The grounding resulted in serious damage to the ship’s hull and several fuel oil tanks and ballast tanks were ruptured resulting in a minor pollution of the environment.

The grounding of VICTORIA was considered a serious accident of special concern to the potential risk of harm to the marine environment due to oil leakage. Therefore, the Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) in agreement with the Portuguese authorities initiated an investigation of the accident to establish the circumstances leading to the grounding of VICTORIA. The purpose of the investigation was to explain why VICTORIA went aground on 10 February 2017 under circumstances which the bridge crew considered to be normal.

The investigation has found that the grounding of VICTORIA on 10 February 2017 occurred as a result of a combination of factors which led the bridge crew to focus on the timing of the turn into the deepwater channel and not on the shallow waters ahead. Therefore, when the grounding occurred, the crew were caught by surprise and did not understand what had happened. The planned approach to the deepwater channel at Lillegrund was instrumental in bringing the bridge crew in a situation where the priority was, first and foremost, to navigate visually by means of the buoys rather than the paper charts and the ECS. The position of the isolated danger mark did not warn the crew about the immediate danger of the shallow waters ahead because it was positioned in such a way that it did not direct the ship away from the shallow water area.

The marine accident report is in English and is available here.

For further information, please contact head of the board Oessur J. Hilduberg by phone + 45 22 56 53 49 or email

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