<![CDATA[ Readers may remember the eventful crossing of the Minch by MV Muirneag on 11 November 2005. (see this blog entry). Today, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency published its findings on the case. Basically, the captain was told to pay more heed to the weather forecasts, and ensure that cargo is lashed down sufficiently in the face of bad weather.
MV Muirneag is the vessel, chartered by Caledonian MacBrayne to take cargo from Ullapool to Stornoway. She left Ullapool on the morning of 11 November, because the master was convinced he could make the crossing before the onset of bad weather. Unfortunately for him, the weather broke earlier than expected. Also, a gale warning had not yet been issued by the Met Office for the Minches when Muirneag set sail. The result was that the vessel was storm tossed 60 miles off course, cargo was damaged and one person had to be airlifted off the ship as a result of injuries sustained in the atrocious conditions. ]]>