MAIB issues report on grounding / flooding of chemical tanker Key Bora, Skye, Mar 2020

Dec 16 2021

Report on the investigation of the grounding and flooding of the chemical tanker Key Bora in the approaches to Kyleakin pier, Isle of Skye.


At 15.05 on 28 March 2020, the Gibraltar registered chemical tanker Key Bora ran aground when on its final approach to the pier at the fish producer Mowi’s facility at Kyleakin, Isle of Skye. Key Bora was aground for about 12 minutes before re-floating, and then being berthed under its own power. Key Bora’s hull was damaged and there was flooding into ballast tanks, however, there was no injury or pollution.


The grounding happened because the bridge team relied on locally produced survey data that did not show a boulder obstruction near the pier. This survey data appeared to the crew to be reliable and accurate, so was preferred to the ECDIS data, which did show the obstruction.


This investigation also identified safety management issues at Mowi’s Kyleakin facility, including that the Port Marine Safety Code was not fully implemented.


 Safety issues:

  • The passage plan needs to be based on the most accurate hydrographic information available; advice should be sought or the ‘most dangerous’ data used if there is a conflict.
  • ECDIS safety features should be utilised to warn of danger ahead.
  • The Port Marine Safety Code provides important guidance to assure safe maritime operations in ports and harbours.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendations have been made to Mowi (Scotland) to ensure that operations at the Kyleakin facility are conducted in accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code, and to consider upgrading the area to Statutory Harbour Authority.


Related News

Saleh to Norland: Oil fields will be opened

(May 12 2022)

The Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, told US ambassador and Special Envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, that the oil fields and ports will be opened after the establishment of a mechanism for distributing its revenues f...

Activists chained to port lock to prevent Russian oil tanker from entering Antwerp harbour

(Apr 14 2022)

Activists prevented a tanker allegedly carrying Russian oil from docking in the Antwerp port by blocking its entrance.

Oil supertanker from Russian port docks in Southampton

(Mar 17 2022)

A supertanker that sailed from Kazakhstan has docked at a port in Southampton with a cargo of crude oil for ExxonMobil.

Ireland accepts Russian oil from tanker berthed at Dublin Port

(Mar 17 2022)

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said the tanker with Russian oil on board would not be turned away.

Singapore-flagged tanker stranded at Ukraine port since Russian military invasion

(Mar 10 2022)

A Singapore-flagged oil tanker with 22 crew members on board has been stranded at the Ukrainian port of Nikolaev since arriving at the terminal on Feb 24, just as Russian troops invaded the country.

Oct-December 2023

Exploding batteries - evidence of crew qualifications - refusing bribes - perspectives on decarbonisation and methanol