Marine safety issues and actions

Bowen Tug and Barge incident reporting

Issue number: MO-2011-011-SI-04
Who it affects: Bowen Tug and Barge
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

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.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2011-011-NSA-015
Action organisation: Bowen Tug and Barge
Date: 07 March 2013
Action status: Closed

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