Marine safety issues and actions

Lack of visual cues for dangers

Issue number: MO-2010-003-SI-03
Who it affects: All masters, deck officers and pilots
Issue owner: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Operation affected: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 274-MO-2010-003
Date: 14 April 2011

Safety issue description

In the 30 minutes leading up to the grounding, there were no visual cues to warn either the chief mate or the seaman on lookout duty, as to the underwater dangers directly ahead of the ship.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Action number: MO-2010-003-NSA-007
Date: 14 April 2011
Action status: Closed

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has advised the ATSB that, as part of a package to improve safe navigation in the Great Barrier Reef, the Authority will be enhancing navigational aids, leveraging off current and anticipated technology, to assist navigation by both pilots and masters and to increase situational awareness in real time.This includes consideration of deploying navigational buoys at Douglas Shoal and Rock Cod Shoal on the route taken by the vessels transiting to and from Gladstone from the north.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the proposed action taken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority adequately addresses this safety issue.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

AMSA will be enhancing the nav aids in the area better so that mariners will find it easier.

Last update 06 March 2014