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At about 1045 on 10 May 2007, the bulk carrier Enterprise grounded briefly as it was being manoeuvred in the confined waters of Grassy Harbour, King Island, Tasmania. The ship was under the conduct of the pilot, who was following the pilotage plan he usually used for the ship when it called at the port.

Prior to the ship's entry to the port, its after draught had been reduced to 5.0 m so that a minimum under keel clearance of 0.5 m could be maintained alongside the berth. At that draught, the ship's controllable pitch propeller was not fully submerged. However, neither the pilot nor the master adequately considered the effect that the reduced draught would have on the efficiency of the propeller and therefore, the ship's manoeuvrability.

While manoeuvring off the berth, the pilot was forced to maintain astern pitch for longer than he had planned. As a result, the ship was subjected to the effects of the propeller's transverse thrust on its stern for longer. The transverse thrust combined with the starboard thrust of the bow thruster, which was being used to maintain the ship's heading, resulted in the ship moving bodily to starboard and grounding on rocks at the southern end of the main breakwater. The ship's propeller was damaged but Enterprise was not disabled. No pollution resulted from the grounding.

The ATSB has issued one recommendation to address a safety issue identified in the report.

Marine Safety Recommendations


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General details
Date: 10 May 2007 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1045 (UTC +10)  
Location   (show map):Grassy Harbour, King Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Grounding 
Release date: 27 January 2009  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Vessel details
Vessel: Enterprise 
Flag: A&B 
IMO: 8321890 
Type of Operation: Bulk carrier 
Damage to Vessel: Minor 
Departure point:Geelong, Vic
Departure time:0630
Destination:Grassy Harbour, King Is. Tasmania
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