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The ATSB is investigating the grounding of the bulk carrier Orient Centaur in Weipa, Queensland, on 6 November 2017.

It was reported that during the ship’s departure from Weipa, with two pilots on board, the ship's main engine auto slowdown alarm activated, and the main engine subsequently shut down. The ship was in the middle of the south channel, but due to the current, the ship started to drift to starboard with the helm hard to port. Subsequently, the ship grounded.

The investigation is continuing and will include a number interviews, and examine the:

  • Weipa Port pilotage training
  • Weipa Port risk assessments, contingency planning, and Port procedures
  • voyage data recorder
  • weather at the time of the occurrence, and
  • arrival and departure simulations for the type of ship involved.
General details
Date: 06 November 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1723 LT (AEST = UTC +10) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Weipa  
State: Queensland  
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: September 2018  
Vessel details
Operator: Interorient Ship Management 
Vessel: Orient Centaur 
Flag: Cyprus 
IMO: 9464572 
Sector: Bulk carrier 
Type of Operation: Cargo 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Weipa, Queensland
Destination:Hong Kong, China
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Last update 29 November 2017