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Collision between the South Korean registered LPG carrier Namhae Gas and the Australian fishing vessel Rexandra

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 0036 on 30 November 2007, the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker Namhae Gas collided with the fishing vessel Rexandra. At the time, both vessels were about 30 miles northeast of Mooloolaba, Queensland.

Neither Namhae Gas's watch-keeper nor duty lookout was keeping a proper lookout in the time leading up to the collision. They also assumed that a collision between their ship and Rexandra had not occurred. Consequently, the second mate did not immediately report the incident to the ship's master and he made no attempt to contact the damaged fishing vessel.

While Rexandra's skipper was aware that the ship was approaching the fishing vessel, he did not take early action when he became aware that a risk of collision existed.

Namhae Gas did not sustain any damage during the collision, but Rexandra was taking on water. Fortunately, the fishing vessel's bilge pumps were able to keep up with the ingress of water. After hauling in its three nets, Rexandra set course for Mooloolaba, arriving there at 0900 on 30 November.

Marine Safety Advisory Notice [ MS20080027 ]

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General details
Date: 30 November 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0035 (UTC+10)    
Location   (show map): Off Mooloolaba    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 25 September 2008   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel 1 details

Vessel 1 details
Vessel Namhae Gas  
Flag South Korea  
IMO 9006693  
Type of operation LPG carrier  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point Gladstone, Queensland  
Departure time 0545, 29 November 07  
Destination Western Port, Victoria  

Vessel 2 details

Vessel 2 details
Vessel Rexandra, 2475QB  
Flag Australia  
Type of operation Timber fishing vessel  
Damage to vessel Substantial  
Departure point Mooloolaba, Queensland  
Destination Mooloolaba, Queensland  
Last update 23 May 2016