Marine safety investigations & reports

Engine room flooding on board Great Majesty in Port Kembla, New South Wales, 27 October 2008

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 1745 on 27 October 2008, during cargo discharge operations whilst alongside in Port Kembla, New South Wales, the chief mate of Great Majesty remotely opened two ballast valves adjacent to the number two water ballast pump (No. 2 WB P/P) to gravitate2 seawater into the number one water ballast tank (No. 1 WBTK).

About 10 minutes later, the engine room bilge alarm sounded and the duty motorman found seawater flooding into the space through the open casing of No. 2 WB P/P. Repair work had been started on No. 2 WB P/P but the suction line had not been blanked off.

The inflow of water was stopped after the alarm was raised. About 390 m3 of seawater had entered the engine room and a total of 22 electric motors located on the lower levels of the engine room were damaged by the water ingress.

The investigation found that the ballast operation procedure did not provide sufficient guidance to the crew. The investigation also found that the work permit system onboard had not been effectively implemented. Consequently, most maintenance and repair work being carried out by the ship's crew was without a work permit.

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General details
Date: 27 October 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800 (UTC +10)   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Port Kembla    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 29 September 2009   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Great Majesty  
Flag Hong Kong  
IMO 9143477  
Type of operation Bulk Carrier  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point Port Kembla, NSW  
Destination Port Latta, TAS  
Last update 14 November 2018