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Grounding of the Duke of Normandy

Produced by the Economic Development (Economy)
Authored by MECAL and published on 13 Jan 2012
Cost: £5,773.80


​On 2 September 2011 the States vessel, Duke of Normandy, had assisted as Committee Boat in the Jersey Regatta in St Aubin’s Bay. On leaving her station she briefly grounded on a submerged reef west of Elizabeth Castle. She was able to continue her passage to St Helier where investigation revealed hull penetration and ingress of water. No pollution was noted nor were any injuries sustained. She has since been fully repaired.

The Minister for Economic Development as the Minister responsible for Maritime Compliance endorses the report and its recommendations. It should be noted that:

  1. The report is not intended to lay blame but to assist the sea-going community in improving safety
  2. Jersey Harbours staff and crew have fully cooperated with the investigation
  3. Procedures have been modified since the incident to reduce the risk of a repeat occurrence

As a result of issues raised by the report the Jersey administration is continuing to work closely with all relevant parties to ensure matters relating to the accident are fully understood and followed through. Notwithstanding this on-going work, it is not intended to carry out further inquiries nor set up an investigation by marine accident tribunal.

Download Duke of Normandy Incident Investigation report (1.5mb)
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