Marine safety investigations & reports

Collision between Bunga Orkid Tiga and Stella VII

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 15 June 2004   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel 1 details

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 2 details
Vessel Stella VII  
Flag Aus  
Type of operation Fishing vessel  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Port Douglas, Qld  
Last update 19 May 2016