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2020 monthly domestic commercial vessel 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.

October 2020

There were 66 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in October 2020. Of these, 15 were serious.

State

Vessel type

Incident

WA

Class 2 – Non-passenger

Crew member sustained a back injury during crew change transfer by tender. Tender vessel returned to shore and crew member transferred to hospital.

QLD

Class 1 – Passenger

Passenger panicked while snorkelling. Rescue paramedics called in and pronounced passenger deceased. Cause of death unknown at this stage.  Investigation underway.

QLD

Class 2 – Non-passenger

Passenger sustained a fractured spine injury on tow vessel during rough sea conditions. Medivac required.

NSW

Class 1 – Passenger

Fire onboard vessel. Cause and damage unknown at this stage.

WA

Class 1 – Passenger

Passenger lost their balance and fell overboard while fishing. In efforts to retrieve them, the tender vessel capsized. Crew and passengers were rescued by a second tender vessel. No injuries reported.

TAS

Class 3 – Fishing

Vessel grounded on reef. Vessel re-floated by its own power and taken to slipway for damage assessment. No injuries or pollution reported.

QLD

Class 1 – Passenger

Passenger sustained back injury after losing balance on vessel. Transferred to hospital via ambulance from jetty.

QLD

Class 2 – Non-passenger

Vessel contact with wharf following steering failure when clutch engaged on its own. Minor damage to wharf fender. No injuries reported.

NT

Class 1 – Passenger

Two passengers jumped overboard during an altercation. Both recovered by vessel. Minor injuries to one passenger. Police involved.

NSW

Class 3 – Fishing

Crew fell overboard while disembarking vessel. Crew member was not wearing a lifejacket. No injuries reported.

NSW

Class 1 – Passenger

Vessel collided with recreational vessel causing two persons from the recreational vessel to fall overboard. Minor injuries reported.

QLD

Class 1 – Passenger

Vessel lost power and propulsion due to fuel blockage. Water police assisted and transferred passengers back to jetty while crew conducted repairs.

QLD

Class 1 – Passenger

Fire from port engine. Passengers evacuated and fire extinguished. No injuries reported. Cause unknown.

NSW

Class 2 – Non-passenger

Collision with unknown vessel during passenger transfer. No injuries reported. Passengers evacuated to another vessel to complete transfer.

NT

Class 3 – Fishing

Vessel was under tow, when it rolled over. Towing vessel’s tender recovered the capsized vessel. Damage assessment and repairs underway.

Last updated: 

Thursday 26 November 2020