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2020 monthly domestic commercial vessel incident reports

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September 2020

There were 54 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in September 2020. Of these, 18 were serious and 1 very serious.

State

Vessel type

Incident

NT

Class 3 – Fishing

VERY SERIOUS: Crew member fell overboard, was recovered but pronounced deceased on scene.

QLD

Class 1 – Passenger

Master fell overboard trying to catch a falling item. Recovered, no injuries reported.

SA

Class 3 – Fishing

Crew member broke his leg when the vessel hit a rough wave. No other injuries or vessel damage reported.

NSW

Class 1 – Passenger

Potential passenger overboard. Boarded vessel but not seen to disembark. Presumed lost.

NT

Class 2 – Non-Passenger

Crew member injured arm while grinding. First-aid administered on board and transferred to hospital for treatment.

NSW

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

Fire broke out on house boat causing serious damage. No persons on board. Investigation ongoing.

SA

Class 2 – Non-Passenger

Fire on barge following mechanical failure of conveyor system. Assessment of damage underway. No injuries reported.

QLD

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

Vessel grounded and subsequently flooded after being anchored too close to shore in shallow waters. All passengers evacuated and no injuries reported.

VIC

Class 3 – Fishing

Crew member suffered severe hand injury while hauling nets in.

QLD

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

Vessel collided into two recreational vessels while trying to berth at a marina. Hire vessel left the scene. Incident was witnessed by a person ashore. Extensive damage to one of the vessels reported.

QLD

Class 3 – Fishing

Dory capsized while manoeuvring to avoid hitting a log. Crew activated their EPIRB and they were located unharmed. The overturned dory was towed back to the parent vessel.

NSW

Class 1 – Passenger

An unidentified vessel collided with passenger vessel causing the propulsion cable to break. No injuries to crew or passengers reported.

NSW

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

Vessel capsized taking on water. Swamped vessel towed to shore and passengers ferried back, no injuries reported. 

NSW

Class 2 – Non-Passenger

Crew member injured after tripping on bulkhead and falling into the cockpit. Transferred to hospital for treatment.

NSW

Class 1 – Passenger

Crew member suffered deep cut to palm while assisting another crew with their dive equipment. Transferred to hospital for treatment.

QLD

Class 3 – Fishing

Dory capsized in rough weather conditions. Two crew members flung overboard, recovered safely after using a reef beacon to hold on to.

NSW

Class 2 – Non-Passenger

Vessel suffered engine failure caused by faulty starter motor. Vessel was towed back to shore by marine rescue.

NSW

Class 1 - Passenger

Gangway of vessel fell into the harbour during passenger loading. A rollaway gangway was used to get the remaining passengers and crew on board. The lost gangway was retrieved by Environmental services. No damage or injuries reported.

NSW

Class 1 - Passenger

Vessel ran out of fuel due to faulty fuel gauge and was left drifting with passengers on board. Another vessel attended and towed the disabled vessel back to shore. An injury to a passenger was reported during transfer.

Last updated: 

Wednesday 25 November 2020