1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its sixty-third session (16 to 25 May 1994),
was informed of the loss, in the Dover Strait on 10 and 11 August 1991, of the
Ocean Hound - a fishing vessel of 22.30 metres and 43.23 gross tonnage - along with
all five members of her crew.
2 An investigation by the United Kingdom Administration has indicated that Ocean
Hound came so close to an unidentified ship, that severe interaction between the two
ships came into effect. It is not clear from the available evidence whether any
collision actually occurred. It is thought, however, that Ocean Hound capsized and
was struck again some hours later by another ship, again unidentified, at which point
Ocean Hound sank.
3 The available evidence leads the United Kingdom Administration to conclude that
the standard of watchkeeping being applied on the ships involved must have been
grossly below that which is necessary.
4 In the light of this incident, the Maritime Safety Committee, at its sixty-third
session requested Member Governments to draw to the attention of shipowners,
shipmasters and mariners the need to maintain a proper lookout at all times, in
accordance with rule 5 of the International Regulations for
Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972.
5 In this regard, special consideration needs to be given to arranging and keeping a
look-out when passing through areas of high traffic density, where large numbers of
fishing vessels and recreational craft may be encountered and may not always be
detectable on radar.