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
The lack of any record of incident reporting by Bowen Tug and Barge, and its employees, indicates an ineffective reporting culture within the company. Hence, the opportunity to learn from previous incidents was lost.
Bowen Tug and Barge
07 March 2013
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.
The ATSB is satisfied that the actions taken will reduce the likelihood of a similar accident occurring within this company in future.