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Updated: 13 October 2016

On 19 August, Bow Singapore was transiting Port Phillip Bay under pilotage bound for the anchorage off Melbourne with a cargo of sulphuric acid. At 1615, the ship grounded in the South Channel near beacon number 18. It was successfully refloated, shortly after midnight on the rising tide, with tug assistance. No evidence of hull damage or pollution was reported.

Early indications are of failure of the steering gear in the minutes prior to the grounding. The possibility of a mechanical failure, the response of the bridge team and how it did or did not contribute to the grounding will be a focus of the investigation.

The ATSB has collectied relevant evidence, including interviewing the directly involved parties. All evidence will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. The draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

 

 

Published: 22 August 2016

On 19 August, Bow Singapore was transiting Port Phillip Bay under pilotage bound for Geelong with a cargo of sulphuric acid. At 1615, the ship grounded in the South Channel near beacon number 18. No evidence of hull damage or pollution was reported. The ship was successfully refloated at high tide with tug assistance in the early hours of 20 August. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has detained the ship pending a hull and seaworthiness inspection.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into this incident and is collecting relevant evidence, including interviewing directly involved parties. The evidence will be analysed and a draft investigation report compiled. The draft report will be forwarded to relevant parties for comment prior to the completion and release of the final report.

 
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