Marine safety investigations & reports

Independent investigation into the cargo hold fire on board the Chinese registered bulk carrier Jin Hui on 25 January 2008

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 347KB]

At 1230 on 9 February 2008, the Chinese registered bulk carrier Jin Hui berthed in Geelong, Australia. The ship's master had previously informed Australian authorities that there had been a fire in the ship's number three cargo hold. As a result, the emergency services were on standby when the ship arrived in Geelong.

When the number three cargo hold was opened, it was apparent that only two small areas of the cargo (palm kernel expeller) had been affected. These small areas of cargo were still smouldering so they were sprayed with water and then discharged onto the wharf.

At 1530, the local fire authority declared the fire extinguished. The ship's normal cargo discharge was then allowed to begin.

Marine Safety Advisory Notices [ MS20080019 ] [ MS20080020 ]

Download Final Report
[Download  PDF: 347KB]
General details
Date: 25 January 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: nk   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): enroute Indonesia to Geelong    
State: International    
Release date: 26 June 2008   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Jin Hui  
Flag China  
IMO 9039341  
Type of operation Bulk Carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Indonesia  
Departure time 24 January 2008  
Destination Geelong, Victoria  
Last update 03 April 2020