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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Fatality 
Release date: 02 June 2005  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
Fatal: 1001
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