Marine safety investigations & reports

Collision between Pilsum and China Steel Growth

Investigation number:
216
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

Abstract

At 0939 on 24 June 2005, the bulk carrier Pilsum collided with another bulk carrier, China Steel Growth, while dragging its anchor. The two ships were anchored off the New South Wales port of Newcastle.

On the morning of 24 June, a southerly weather front came through the anchorage. At 0900 on 24 June, the officer of the watch on Pilsum detected that the ship was dragging its anchor. The master was informed and he decided to weigh anchor and depart the anchorage.

Pilsum’s crew encountered difficulties recovering the anchor. During the anchor retrieval process Pilsum drifted towards China Steel Growth, which was anchored to the north.

At 0935 Pilsum pitched heavily, the propeller came clear of the water and the main engine was shut down by the overspeed trip. Pilsum’s main engine was restarted, however at 0939 Pilsum collided with China Steel Growth. The two ships moved apart and then made contact a second time before Pilsum finally made its way clear.

General details
Date: 24 June 2005   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0800 UTC+10    
Location: Newcastle anchorage    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 14 December 2005   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel 1 details

Vessel 1 details
Vessel Pilsum  
Flag Lib  
IMO 916187  
Type of operation Bulk carrier  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point N/A  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Newcastle anchorage  

Vessel 2 details

Vessel 2 details
Vessel China Steel Growth  
Flag China  
IMO 9220213  
Type of operation Bulk carrier  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point N/A  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Newcastle anchorage  
Last update 19 May 2016