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Independent investigation into the collision between the Singaporean registered offshore supply vessel Far Swan and the barge Miclyn 131 at Dampier, WA on 6 October 2010

Investigation number:
277-MO-2010-006
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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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

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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 level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Dampier    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 18 July 2011    
Report status: Final   Occurrence category: Incident  
  Highest injury level: None  

Vessel 1 details

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 2 details
Vessel Global Supplier  
Flag Aust  
Type of operation Towing  
Damage to vessel Nil  

Vessel 3 details

Vessel 3 details
Vessel Miclyn 131  
Flag Singapore  
Type of operation Barge  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Last update 14 November 2018