A report has found that records were falsified and safety barriers bypassed on a ship which ran aground at the Farne Islands.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its findings on the MV Danio which was stranded for 13 days in March, 2013.
It found that the alarm system on board was switched off, international rules regarding lookouts were flouted and an unapproved electronic navigation system was in use.
As a result, the MAIB has made a recommendation to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that all vessels on short-sea trades carry three watchkeepers.
The Danio was en route from Perth, in Scotland, to Genk, in Belgium, when it ran aground at Little Harcar Rock, in the Farne Islands, in the early hours of March 16 last year.
The report states: ‘The chief officer, who was on watch at the time, was asleep for more than three hours before the vessel ran aground. No lookout was posted and the bridge watch alarm was turned off.
‘The chief officer worked 17 hours in the previous port and was likely to have been suffering from the effects of cumulative fatigue.
‘The hours of work and rest on Danio had been falsified.’
The ship’s operators, Cuxship Management GMBH, were fined £60,000 at Newcastle Crown Court last month, after admitting two breaches of maritime regulations.