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The ATSB is investigating the collision between the Panama-registered container ship, Beijing Bridge, and the fishing vessel, Saxon Onward, about 3 nautical miles south-east of Gabo Island, Victoria on 23 January 2018.

At about 0015 on 23 January 2018, Beijing Bridge was en route to Melbourne when it collided with Saxon Onward about 3 nautical miles south-east of Gabo Island. There were no injuries or pollution reported by either vessel. The fishing vessel suffered damage to its hull but was able to make its way unassisted to the nearby port of Eden, New South Wales. The container ship resumed its passage and berthed in Melbourne later the same day.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain the ship’s voyage data recordings, interview directly involved parties and obtain other necessary information.

A report will be released at the end of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, relevant parties will be immediately notified so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 23 January 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0015 ADST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):South-east off Gabo Island, 5.5 km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Expected completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: Unknown 
Vessel 1 details
Operator: V-Ships, Germany 
Vessel: Beijing Bridge 
Flag: Panama 
IMO: 9292230 
Sector: Container 
Type of Operation: Container ship 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Departure point:Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Destination:Melbourne, Australia
Vessel 2 details
Vessel: Saxon Onward  
Flag: Australian 
IMO: 5314987 
Sector: Commercial fishing 
Type of Operation: Commerical fishing 
Damage to Vessel: Unknown 
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Last update 23 April 2018