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At about 2222 on 12 February 2017, Aquadiva was transiting the main shipping channel under pilotage departing Newcastle harbour when it moved out of the channel. The laden bulk carrier was manoeuvred back into the channel with the assistance of the attending tugs. The ship then continued its voyage to its next port. Subsequently, the Port Authority of New South Wales reviewed the incident and hydrographic data, which indicated that the ship contacted the seabed while it was outside the channel.

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

General details
Date: 12 February 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2222 (EDST = UTC +11) Investigation phase: Final report: Approval 
Location   (show map):Newcastle Harbour Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Grounding 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Vessel details
Vessel: Aquadiva 
Flag: Greece 
IMO: 9469675 
Sector: Bulk carrier 
Type of Operation: Bulk cargo 
Damage to Vessel: Unknown 
Departure point:Newcastle, NSW
Destination:Map Ta Phut, Thailand
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Last update 25 July 2018