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2020 monthly domestic commercial vessel incident reports

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August 2020

There were 83 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in August 2020. Of these, 26 were serious.

State

Vessel type

Incident

WA

Class 1 - Passenger

A passenger was injured in the water after being struck by a whale. Medevac required. All swimmers were in the required safe distance zone when the whale became distressed.

 

Note: There were two separate incidents this month in which passengers were injured after being struck by a whale while in the water.

QLD

Class 2 - Non-passenger

A personal water craft collided with the stern of a vessel, causing injuries to a passenger onboard. The injured person was transferred to hospital by ambulance.

NSW

Class 2 - Non-passenger

A tug made contact with the hull of the vessel during towage operations. Damage to the mast of the tug was reported.

VIC

Class 2 - Non-passenger

A vessel made contact with a submerged rock at night time. Damage to the propeller, drive shaft and gear box housing was reported.

SA

Class 2 - Non-passenger

A collision between a tug and a barge. Damage to the tug was reported.

SA

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

A contractor was conducting hot works in the fish hold when sparks ignited some rags causing a fire. Some damage reported.

NSW

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

A vessel sunk with oil and fuel onboard. Three crew members were rescued by helicopter.

TAS

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

A vessel grounded on rocks while underway. Solo operator fell asleep following a 6 day trip at sea.

QLD

Class 2 – Non-passenger

Fire in one of the engines due to a technical fault.  The fire was extinguished and the vessel returned to the marina on one engine. Damage reported. No injuries reported.

NSW

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

During rough weather conditions a hire ‘n’ drive vessel sank at its mooring. No persons were onboard at the time.

WA

Class 1 – Passenger

Passengers injured after being struck by a whale while snorkelling on a whale watching swim tour. Medevac required for one of the passengers.

TAS

Class 1 - Passenger

A vessel parted moorings and grounded on the beach during rough weather. Another vessel also broke from its mooring and collided with the grounded vessel.  Some damage reported. No persons were onboard at the time.

QLD

Class 2 – Non-passenger

A vessel grounded on rocks while servicing Aids to Navigation. Damage to propellers and bow rail reported. No injuries reported.

QLD

Class 2 – Non-passenger

While departing a barge ramp, vessels bow thruster failed causing contact with the boat jetty. Damage to both the vessel and the jetty reported.

QLD

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

A recreational vessel collided with berthed hire ‘N’ drive vessel. Damage to outboard protection rails reported.

NT

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

Crew member bitten by sea snake. Medevac’d to nearest hospital.

NSW

Class 1 – Passenger

Fire in engine room resulting from an electrical failure. Fire brigade required. Damage reported. No injuries reported.

QLD

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

Vessel made contact with reef resulting in main engine breakdown and loss of steering. Vessel was towed back to shore. No injuries reported.

QLD

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

Fire reported in starboard generator. Fire extinguished by crew. Minimal damage reported.

NT

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

Skipper fell down stairs. Injuries sustained with ambulance required.

NT

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

Crew member injured from catfish spike causing nerve damage and swelling. Crew member had to attend hospital for treatment.

TAS

Class 1 – Passenger

Vessel made contact with wharf while berthing. Damage to the vessels cargo and wharf reported.

WA

Class 1 – Passenger

Surfer injured during charter for film expedition while being towed by a Jetski. Paramedics boarded the vessel and stabilised the surfer before transferring to hospital.

TAS

Class 3 – Fishing (commercial)

Vessel’s stern lines parted causing a collision with a moored recreational vessel. Damage to the recreational vessel reported

QLD

Class 4 – Hire ‘N’ Drive

Vessel collided multiple times with the jetty in rough weather conditions. Damage to vessel and jetty reported. Those onboard abandoned the vessel for safety.

QLD

Class 2 – Non-passenger

Crew member fell overboard while vessels were rafting up. Crew member recovered with the help from other crew.

Last updated: 

Monday 19 October 2020