Marine safety investigations & reports

ATSB Assistance to the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission - Sinking of the FV Jubilee, Canterbury Bight, New Zealand, 18 October 2015

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 18 October 2015, a commercial fishing vessel, FV Jubilee sank in coastal waters in the Canterbury Bight, New Zealand. All three crew members that were on board did not survive the sinking.

The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) opened an investigation into the accident (TAIC MO-2015-203). As part of their inquiries, TAIC subsequently recovered a portable electronic device that may have contained information to assist the investigation.

On 15 December 2015, TAIC requested support from the ATSB to examine the electronic device and download any information that might be stored on its internal memory. To facilitate this request, the ATSB initiated an external investigation under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The ATSB successfully recovered the contents of the portable electronic device and provided a copy to the NZ TAIC.

TAIC is responsible for, and will administer the release of the final investigation report into this accident. Any enquiries regarding the TAIC investigation should be directed to the:

Deputy Chief Investigator of Accidents
Transport Accident Investigation Commission
Level 16, AXA Center
80 The Terrace
PO Box 10-323, Wellington
New Zealand

Telephone: +64 4 473 3112
Facsimile: +64 4 499 1510

General details
Date: 18 October 2015   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Canterbury Bight, New Zealand    
State: International    
Release date: 16 May 2016   Occurrence category: Technical Analysis  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Last update 14 November 2018