Australian Maritime Authority issued its monthly review of casualties off Australian waters. In total, 85 incidents were reported, involving domestic commercial vessels in January 2021.
According to AMSA, of these incidents, 20 were serious and 2 very serious.
Incidents in January
-Non-passenger: Very Serious – Crew member fatally injured after being stuck by a vessels mast while it was being lifted onto the barge by crane.
-Passenger vessel: Very Serious – Vessel collided with an anchored recreational vessel with two persons onboard. One person from recreational vessel reported deceased. The other person sustained minor injuries.
-Non-passenger: Vessel sunk on mooring overnight. Oil residue on surface. No persons onboard.
-Passenger vessel: Passenger fell overboard after latches were released on the front gate. Vessel was travelling at low speed and retrieved the passenger within minutes. Minor injuries reported.
-Non-passenger: Rescue vessel grounded on sandbank while assisting a recreational vessel with engine troubles. Vessel re-floated with a heavy wave but the engine would not start. Vessel towed back to shore. No injuries reported.
-Hire and drive: Runabout vessel with three persons onboard took on water while being towed by hire boat. Minor injuries reported. Flooded vessel towed back to shore.
-Commercial fishing: Main engine unable to start due to gear box failure approximately 80 miles out to sea. Vessel towed to shore. No other damage reported.
-Passenger vessel: Passenger vessel (which was drifting at the time) collided with recreational vessel while anchored. Damage sustained to both vessels. No injuries reported.
-Non-passenger: Vessel suffered port engine shutdown and became disabled due to propeller fouling by a trawling net. Vessel towed by company vessel in the vicinity, with tug assistance requested to enter Port. One assisting tug also became entangled in the trawl net causing engine shut down. Tug was unable to render assistance and returned to port on one engine.
-Non-passenger: Small fire onboard while vessel was undergoing a deck refit. This was caused by a welding spark making contact with a hanging sheet. Fire extinguished on the spot by crew. No damage to vessel. No injuries reported.
-Passenger vessel: Passenger took control of vessel during passenger loading. Vessel made contact with dock causing damage. The passenger was removed from the vessel and Police were called. No damage to vessel or injuries reported.
-Passenger vessel: Vessel ran aground. Ballast water was pumped out to reduce draught on the flood tide and the vessel re-floated. No damage, pollution or injuries reported.
-Passenger vessel: Vessel suffered engine failure after a loud bang and violent shaking. Damage to engine coupling and protective cage reported. Vessel arranged passengers to be transferred to shore. No injuries reported.
-Non-passenger: Vessel sank at berth following a shaft seal failure. No persons onboard.
-Passenger vessel: Passenger suffered a foot injury from walkway slide joint. First aid administered on board and passenger transferred to hospital by ambulance from shore.
-Non-passenger: Crew member suffered finger injury after getting hand trapped between container and lifting gear. Transferred to hospital for treatment.
-Passenger vessel: Jetski collided with fishing charter vessel at high speed breaching the hull above the water line. No injuries reported.
-Passenger vessel: Recreational vessel collided with vessel after anchor chains became hooked when bringing up anchor. Damage to hull on domestic commercial vessel. No injuries reported.
-Passenger vessel: River boat got caught in ferry’s downstream side chains and made contact. No obvious damage to ferry, damage to river boat unknown. No injuries reported.
-Passenger vessel: Vessel took on water while moored due to multiple bilge pump failures. Vessel towed to marina for emergency slipping. No persons onboard.
-Non-passenger: Vessel made contact with berth pontoon after master tripped and accidently pulled the starboard engine lever. Damage to hull plates reported. No injuries reported.
-Commercial fishing: Vessel hull breached on portside from protruding jetty obstructions causing the vessel to flood and half submerge. Breach fixed and the water was removed, vessel stabilised. No persons onboard.