Marine safety issues and actions

Bowen Tug and Barge safety management system adequacy

Issue number: MO-2011-011-SI-01
Who it affects: All ship storing companies
Issue owner: Bowen Tug and Barge
Transport function: Marine: Shore-based operations
Background: Investigation Report 291-MO-2011-011
Issue release date: 07 March 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Minor safety issue for which the company reviewed its operations, altered how it handled the containers and then divested itself of its interests.

Safety issue description

Bowen Tug and Barge’s safety management system guidance for barge storing operations did not designate roles or responsibilities to specific individuals and a system for communicating with the ship’s crew was not discussed and established.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2011-011-NSA-013
Action organisation: Bowen Tug and Barge
Date: 07 March 2013
Action status: Closed

Review of operation and work practices; sold company operations Bowen Tug and Barge advised that the company has undertaken a continuing review of its operations and work practices including those associated with this accident.

Further, as of 01 July 2012 the company was no longer in the business of loading and unloading of stores for ships and was selling all the associated equipment to another company.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions taken will reduce the likelihood of a similar accident occurring within this company in future.

Last update 13 February 2014