Marine safety investigations & reports

Lifeboat accident on board Port Arthur

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 20 October 2003, a class society surveyor was conducting a safety equipment survey on board the Panamanian tanker Port Arthur at the bulk liquid berth at Port Botany, NSW. During the survey, the hooks of the starboard lifeboat released and the boat fell almost vertically, bow first, into the harbour. Its crew of four suffered various injuries.

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General details
Date: 20 October 2003   Investigation status: Completed  
Location: Port Botany    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 07 December 2004   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Port Arthur  
Flag Panam  
IMO 9035632  
Type of operation Bulk carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Destination Port Botany, NSW  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Minor: 4 0 0 4
Total: 4 0 0 4
Last update 19 May 2016