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At 0150½ on 9 September 2009, in a position about 15 miles to the east of Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, the Australian registered single-handed yacht Ella's Pink Lady collided with the Hong Kong registered bulk carrier Silver Yang.

At the time of the collision, Silver Yang was en-route to China and travelling at a speed of about 9 knots on a northerly heading. Ella's Pink Lady was under sail on a voyage from Mooloolaba, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales. The yacht was making good a south-easterly course at a speed of about 7 knots.

Ella's Pink Lady was dismasted as a result of the collision, but the skipper was able to cut the headsail free, retrieve the mast, the mainsail and the rigging on board and motor the damaged yacht to Southport, Queensland.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation found that Ella's Pink Lady was not fitted with a passive radar reflector and that, at the time of the collision, neither the yacht's skipper nor the ship's watch keepers were keeping a proper lookout or appropriately using the available electronic aids to navigation to make a full appraisal of the situation and the risk of collision. The investigation also found that, following the collision, the ship's watch keeper did not initiate contact or offer any form of assistance to the yacht‟s crew and that, when contacted by the yacht's skipper via VHF radio, he could not be clearly understood.

The ATSB acknowledges the safety actions taken to address these safety issues and, in addition, has issued two safety advisory notices. As a consequence, the visibility of Ella's Pink Lady was enhanced, attention has been drawn to limits in the detectability of Class B AIS transmissions and the international requirement to render assistance following a collision has been highlighted.

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Preliminary report released 20 November 2009

At 0151½ on 9 September 2009, in a position about 15 miles east of Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, the Australian registered, single-handed yacht Ella's Pink Lady collided with the Hong Kong registered bulk carrier Silver Yang.

At the time of the collision, Silver Yang was en-route to China and travelling at a speed of about 9 knots on a northerly heading. Ella's Pink Lady was under sail on a voyage from Mooloolaba, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales. The yacht was making good a course of 144°(T) and a speed of about 7 knots.

Ella's Pink Lady was dismasted as a result of the collision, but the skipper was able to cut the headsail free, retrieve the damaged rigging on board and motor the damaged yacht to Southport, Queensland.

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General details

Date: 09 Sep 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: UTC +10 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:off North Stradbroke Island  
State: QLD  
Release date: 15 Jun 2010 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 

Vessel 1 details

Vessel: Silver Yang 
Flag: Hong Kong  
IMO: 8108585 
Type of Operation: Bulk carrier  
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Newcastle, NSW
Destination:China

Vessel 2 details

Vessel: Ella’s Pink Lady 
Flag: Australia 
IMO: Offical Number 851203 
Type of Operation: Yacht 
Damage to Vessel: Substantial 
Departure point:Mooloolaba, Queensland
Destination:Sydney, NSW
 
 
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