Marine safety investigations & reports

Crew fatality and injury aboard Aotearoa Chief

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 1806 on 14 August 2004, three seamen on the forecastle head of the container ship Aotearoa Chief were struck by a wave that broke over the ship's port bow. One man was thrown against the windlass and mooring machinery and suffered injuries from which he later died. Another sustained severe lacerations to one leg while the third man was unhurt.

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General details
Date: 14 August 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1806EST    
Location: Off Port Philip Bay    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 02 June 2005   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Aotearoa Chief  
Flag Hng K  
IMO 8810449  
Type of operation Container ship  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic  
Departure time 1806EST  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 23 November 2010