Wight Sky engine failures report published

Wight Sky engine failures report published

Our accident investigation report into the two catastrophic engine failures, one resulting in a fire, on board Wight Sky at the entrance to Lymington River and before berthing at Lymington Pier on 26 August and 14 December 2018, is now published.

The report contains details of what happened, subsequent actions taken and recommendations: read more.

Andrew Moll, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, said:

This has been a long and complex investigation. Initially focussing on two catastrophic engine failures, the investigation found a history of engine failures across Wightlink’s fleet of Wight Class ferries dating back to 2010. Consequently, the scope of the investigation was broadened to include the forensic examination and testing of five failed engines and their components, a full review of the vessels’ propulsion system design and operation. We also examined the ferry operator’s safety management, planned maintenance and condition monitoring procedures, together with the technical oversight provided by the engine manufacturer and its approved service provider.

MAIB has worked closely with Wightlink, Volvo Penta AB, Lloyds Register and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency over the past three years to help ensure that most of the technical issues identified in the investigation report were addressed as soon as practicable. The report contains recommendations aimed at improving the reliability of the propulsion machinery on board the Wight Class ferries and reduce the likelihood of future catastrophic engine failures.

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