Completed PE Summary

Julian Paul

Category Fishing
Registered Owner & Manager: W Harvey and Sons
Port of registry: Penzance
Flag: Details
Type: UK
Built: 1958
Construction: Wood
Length overall: 15.23
Gross tonnage: 29.35
Date & Time 10/05/04 16:49
Location of incident: Harbour area
Incident Type: Grounding
Persons onboard: 4 crew 1 passenger
Injuries/ fatalities: None
Damage/ Pollution: Ship lost


Fv Julian Paul ran aground then sank while leaving Le Dibien, France.

Action taken:

As a consequence of problems identified by the crew of the Julian Paul when trying to release the liferaft from its lashing, a survey of the quick release arrangement for liferafts on a number of fishing vessels was undertaken. This confirmed there was a widespread problem with the operation of senhouseslip quick release arrangements. (The MAIB has highlighted this problem by issuing a widely distributed Safety Bulletin.)

The Chief Inspector has also made two recommendations to the owners of the vessel with reference to:

  • The quick release mechanisms fitted to the liferaft.

  • Safety Training of the crew.