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At about 0100 on 16 April 2009, the bulk carrier F & K collided with the Australian fishing vessel Jolly Roger off Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory. While F & K was undamaged, Jolly Roger listed heavily to port as a result of the collision and its crew of three had to abandon the vessel.

The ATSB investigation found that despite Jolly Roger being the 'give-way vessel', its skipper took no action to avoid the collision because there was no lookout being kept on board. Consequently, he was not aware of the ship's presence until immediately before the collision.

The investigation also found that F & K's bridge team had detected Jolly Roger 20 minutes before the collision. However, they mistakenly assumed that their ship was overtaking the fishing vessel because they had not used appropriate means to determine whether a risk of collision existed.

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General details
Date: 16 April 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0105 (UTC+9 1/2 hrs)  
Location   (show map):Off Groote Eyland Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Collision 
Release date: 16 March 2010  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Vessel 1 details
Vessel: Jolly Roger 
Flag: Australian  
Type of Operation: Fishing Vessel  
Damage to Vessel: Substantial 
Departure point:Groote Eyland
Destination:Blue Mud Bay
Vessel 2 details
Vessel: F & K  
Flag: Hong Kong 
IMO: 9185815 
Type of Operation: Dry Bulk Carrier  
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Out of Area
Destination:Groote Eyland
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