Poor visibility caused Brightlingsea boat crash

Poor visibility caused Brightlingsea boat crash

The damaged Fisherman's Pontoon in Brightlingsea Harbour.

The Calamar, which crashed into the pontoon.

First published in News Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

FOG and poor ship communication were to blame for a boat crash in Brightlingsea.

The 2,800 tonne ship Calamar smashed into a pontoon while entering the town’s harbour to collect a cargo of wood chip in November.

A report by the Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioner Robin Cole said bad visibility caused the incident, in which no-one was hurt.

“Once the Calamar was committed to the narrow channel visibility deteriorated further and poor communication from the lookouts on the fo’c’sle head resulted in the vessel making a late turn and she came off the intended track, colliding with the North Cardinal beacon," said the report.

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