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2021 monthly domestic commercial vessel incident reports

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May 2021

There were 60 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in May 2021. Of these, 22 were serious. 

State Vessel Type Incident
QLD Class 1 - Passenger Vessel collided with another vessel during berthing causing damage.
WA Class 2 – Non-Passenger Deck and hatches flooded during load testing. The pumps were inadequate to remove the water from the bilges.
SA Class 2 – Non-Passenger Battery exploded due to generator malfunction, during monthly maintenance tasks. Minor injuries of engineer reported engineer.
QLD Class 4 – Hire and Drive Vessel grounded on reef in choppy water conditions and strong currents.
QLD Class 3 – Fishing Steering failed and being hit by a wave resulted in vessel grounding on beach. Master reported injured.  Vessel was later towed.
WA Class 2 – Non-Passenger Vessel reported missing at sea after mooring rope broke.
NSW Class 2 – Non-Passenger Four tonne D shackle thrown onto tug narrowly missing crew member. Nil injuries reported.
NSW Class 2 – Non-Passenger Starboard engine failed resulting in fire and smoke.  Fire extinguished and vessel returned on port engine. Nil injuries reported.
WA Class 1 – Passenger Large wave impacted vessel. Crew sustained injuries. Ambulance attended from port.
WA Class 3 – Fishing Lift rope parted resulting in a net falling on crew member. Crew member sustained spinal injuries and was taken to hospital. .
WA Class 1 - Passenger Fixed fire-fighting extinguisher was accidentally activated resulting in contents filling the engine compartment. Crew member escaped through an open hatch. Nil injuries reported.
NSW Class 1 – Passenger Vessel collided with another vessel due to sunlight glare causing poor vision. Nil injuries reported.
TAS Class 3 - Fishing Tiller swung hard to port causing crew member to fall overboard. Kill switch was not on wrist resulting in the tender spinning out of control. Crew member inflated their lifejacket and swam clear. They were rescued by a nearby vessel. Nil injuries reported.  
WA Class 2 – Non-Passenger Vessel grounded due to low tides and swell. Nil injuries or damage reported.
QLD Class 3 – Fishing Vessel collided with another vessel due to no visible navigation lights. Nil injuries reported.
QLD Class 4 – Hire and Drive Vessel collided with another vessel after losing propulsion. Nil injuries or damage reported.
NSW Class 3 – Fishing Gearbox failed due to object being caught in propeller. Vessel towed to shore and undergoing repairs.
NT Class 2 – Non-Passenger Vessel made contact with reef during poor weather conditions. Nil injuries reported.
NSW Class 2 – Non-Passenger Vessel was partially submerged while under tow due to wash of two passing vessels. Nil injuries reported.
QLD Class 1 - Passenger Vessel collided with another vessel due to anchor dragging. Damage to one vessel's solar panels. 
WA Class 1 – Passenger Port propeller blade made contact with submerged rock while berthing. Propeller sustained damage and was replaced.

Last updated: 

Tuesday 29 June 2021