Marine safety investigations & reports

Grounding of bulk carrier Orient Centaur at Weipa, Queensland on 6 November 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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 AEST (UTC +10)   Investigation phase: Final report: Drafting  
Location   (show map): Weipa   Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation  
State: Queensland    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Expected completion: 2nd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel details

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  
Last update 03 December 2018