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2019 monthly incident reports

The information you provide in your incident report plays an important part in guiding the way we improve maritime safety for everybody on the water. By reporting marine incidents to us, you are also meeting your reporting obligations under Australian laws.

December

A total of 67 domestic commercial vessel incidents were reported to AMSA in December 2019. Of these, 11 were serious.

State

Vessel Type

Incident

WA

Passenger

A small hole was detected in a section of the vessel’s galley and passengers were disembarked for an out of water inspection. Arrangements were made for immediate repair. No injuries or pollution reported.

VIC

Passenger

Vessel was involved in a near miss and forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision with another vessel travelling on the wrong side of the river and not altering course or slowing down.

NSW

Non-passenger

Scuba diver drowned from unknown causes. The diver was recovered and transported by ambulance.  

WA

Non-Passenger

A snorkelling guide sustained lacerations to the body when they entered the water and made contact with the port outboard propeller.

QLD

Commercial fishing

Vessel made heavy contact with a fuel wharf during refuelling, resulting in a .5m long gash along the vessel’s portside mid ship. No injuries or pollution reported.

NT

Commercial fishing

Fishing vessel sank overnight and was towed to shore due to poor seaworthiness. Between 160-180 litres of diesel was on board, all of which was recovered with no pollution reported.

NSW

Hire and drive

Hired houseboat sank due to suspected damage from rocks. Marine rescue assisted in towing the vessel to the closest beach. The owner laid out floating booms around the vessel aft as a precaution against possible oil or fuel leaks. No injuries reported.

QLD

Hire and drive

Vessel ran aground and became stuck on a muddy bank. There was a large ingress of water, causing an electrical failure.

NSW

Hire and drive

A houseboat passenger was seriously injured after they jumped off the vessel’s swim deck and hit the riverbed.  Suspected broken neck.

QLD

Hire and drive

A vessel was damaged and sustained internal cracking after it was struck by another vessel that had dragged its anchor. The vessel causing the damage did not have enough anchor chain rope out to keep the vessel secure.

QLD

Hire and drive

Jetski driver collided with tour guide on a jetski then a small recreational fishing vessel. No injuries reported.

Last updated: 

Tuesday 18 February 2020