Marine safety investigations & reports

Collision between FV Ocean Odyssey and Taranaki

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Status: Completed
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At 0244 on Tuesday, 29 June 2004, the fishing vessel Ocean Odyssey collided with the container ship P&O Nedlloyd Taranaki in the approaches to Port Botany, New South Wales. At the time of the collision P&O Nedlloyd Taranaki was 'not under command'1 with a main engine breakdown and was in a position with Cape Banks light bearing 327(T) by 4.7 miles. Ocean Odyssey sustained damage to its hull and deck in the collision and returned to Sydney immediately for repairs. P&O Nedlloyd Taranaki sustained only slight scratching to the paintwork on the ship's side.

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1 'Not under command', means a vessel which through some exceptional circumstance is unable to manoeuvre as required by the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, 1972, and is therefore unable to keep out of the way of another vessel.

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General details
Date: 29 June 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0244EST    
Location: Port Botany    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 02 June 2005   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel 1 details

Vessel 1 details
Vessel FV Ocean Odyssey  
Flag Aus  
Type of operation Commercial long-line fishing vessel  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point Pyrmont, Sydney Harbour  
Departure time 0330  

Vessel 2 details

Vessel 2 details
Vessel MV P&O Nedlloyd Taranaki  
Flag UK  
IMO 7900041  
Type of operation Container/roll-on roll-off  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point N/A  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Botany Bay, NSW  
Last update 19 May 2016