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At about 0400 on the 5 January 2004, the Malaysian flag bulk carrier Bunga Orkid Tiga and the Australian fishing vessel Stella VII collided near Creech Reef in the Great Barrier Reef. This was the twenty-sixth collision between a trading ship and an Australian fishing vessel since April 1994.

Neither vessel was keeping a proper visual lookout in the time leading up to the collision. This report, as do previous ATSB reports regarding collisions, emphasises the need for all vessels to maintain a proper lookout at all times.

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General details
Date: 05 January 2004 Investigation status: Completed 
Location:Creech Reef, Great Barrier Ree Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision 
Release date: 15 June 2004  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Vessel 1 details
Vessel: Bunga Orkid Tiga 
Flag: Malay 
IMO: 9070797 
Type of Operation: Bulk carrier 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Townsville, Qld
Vessel 2 details
Vessel: Stella VII 
Flag: Aus 
Type of Operation: Fishing vessel 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Port Douglas, Qld
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