The analysis of trading ship operations in Gladstone that had been carried out by the relevant authorities had not appropriately considered all that could be done to prevent the grounding of a ship as a result of steering gear or main engine failure.
Action taken by Maritime Safety Queensland
Maritime Safety Queensland has advised that its pilots have worked with the Gladstone Port Corporation and terminal operators to improve ships' readiness for departure by implementing rigorous pre-departure checks and gaining improved intelligence on ships.
ATSB safety recommendation
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Maritime Safety Queensland takes further action to address the issue of contingency planning for foreseeable events like the grounding of a deep draught ship as a result of steering gear or main engine failure.
This action does not address the unpredicted failure of steering gear. The authority has not reassesed its risk analysis.