Marine safety investigations & reports

Serious injury on board Berge Daisetsu, Portland, Victoria on 11 January 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating an incident on board the bulk carrier Berge Daisetsu, while alongside, Portland, Victoria, on 11 January 2018.

The crew were conducting routine painting and cleaning of number 4 cargo hold using a portable stage suspended from the ship's crane. While operating the crane, the block of crane wire struck the hatch coaming resulting in serious injuries to two crew members who were subsequently landed ashore to hospital.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain an engineering report, interview the crew and gather additional information. A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 11 January 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 15:10 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Smelter Berth, Portland   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019    

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator Berge Bulk Maritime  
Vessel Berge Daisetsu  
Flag Isle of Man  
IMO 9713179  
Sector Bulk carrier  
Type of operation Cargo operations  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Portland, Victoria  
Destination Wallaroo, South Australia  
Last update 20 August 2019