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At about 1944 on 6 October 2010, the offshore supply vessel Far Swan collided with the barge Miclyn 131 in the port of Dampier, Western Australia. At the time, Miclyn 131 was being towed by the Western Australia registered vessel Global Supplier. Both Far Swan and Miclyn 131 sustained minor damage as a result of the collision but there were no injuries or pollution.

The ATSB investigation found that Global Supplier's skipper was not keeping a proper lookout at the time of collision and that Miclyn 131's navigation lights were not appropriately mounted.

The investigation also identified three safety issues: that Global Supplier was not exhibiting the correct navigational lights for a vessel engaged in towing operations; Dampier Port Authority's pilotage directions were unclear and ambiguous with respect to the requirements for towing vessels or on the use of pilotage exemptions by crew other than the master; and that Global Supplier was not fitted with radar or an AIS unit which would be required under the provisions of the current National Standard for Commercial Vessels.

The ATSB is satisfied with the safety actions taken to address two of these issues but has issued a safety advisory notice about the lack of a requirement for the carriage of radar and AIS on small commercial vessels surveyed under the Uniform Shipping Laws code.

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Safety issues

MO-2010-006-SI-01 - MO-2010-006-SI-02 - MO-2010-006-SI-03 -  

Global Supplier's navigation lights

Global Supplier was not fitted with the correct navigational lights for a vessel engaged in towing operations.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-006-SI-01
Who it affects:All tug owners, operators, managers and masters
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Ambiguous pilotage direction

Dampier Port Authority's pilotage directions are unclear and ambiguous with respect to the requirements for towing vessels or on the use of pilotage exemptions by crew other than the master.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-006-SI-02
Who it affects:All port authorities and pilotage organisations
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Global Supplier without radar and AIS unit

Global Supplier was built and surveyed as a Uniform Shipping Laws (USL) Code vessel and therefore was not fitted with radar or an AIS unit which would be required under the provisions of the current National Standard for Commercial Vessels. Had these devices been fitted, they would have provided information that would have assisted both Global Supplier's skipper and Far Swan's watchkeepers, in avoiding the collision.

Safety issue details
Issue number:MO-2010-006-SI-03
Who it affects:All regulators, surveyors and inspectors
Status:Not addressed

 
General details
Date: 06 October 2010 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1743 (UTC+8) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Dampier   
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 18 July 2011 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Vessel 1 details
Vessel: Far Swan 
Flag: Singapore 
IMO: 9355953 
Type of Operation: Platform supply ship 
Damage to Vessel: Minor 
Departure point:Dampier, Western Australia
Departure time:1836, 6 October 2010
Destination:Offshore oil rig Maersk Discoverer
Vessel 2 details
Vessel: Global Supplier 
Flag: Aust 
Type of Operation: Towing 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Vessel 3 details
Vessel: Miclyn 131 
Flag: Singapore 
Type of Operation: Barge 
Damage to Vessel: Minor 

Safety Advisory Notice

 
 
 
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Last update 27 August 2012