Marine safety investigations & reports

Flooding of steering gear compartment on board the bulk carrier Goliath, 117 km NNW of Devonport, Tasmania, on 7 March 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the flooding of the steering gear compartment on board the Australian registered bulk carrier Goliath during passage from Melbourne to Devonport on 7 March 2018. 

The ATSB will conduct a short, fact-based investigation into this incident. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain the necessary information from the ship and company and interview directly involved parties as deemed appropriate.

On 7 March, 2018, during passage from Melbourne to Devonport, ballast water exchange operations were in progress when it was found that salt water had entered the ship's steering gear compartment. Approximately 12m³ of water covered the compartment deck and overflowed into adjacent spaces and draining into the engine room bilges. Ballasting operations were stopped until the water was cleaned up.

The source of the leak is suspected to be a holed pipe within the after peak salt water ballast tank. Upon arrival at Devonport the tank is to be inspected and a permanent repair made.

A final 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: 07 March 2018   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 117 km NNW, Devonport   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: Tasmania    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Expected completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator CSL Australia  
Vessel Goliath  
Flag Australia  
IMO 9036430  
Sector Bulk carrier  
Type of operation Cement carrier  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point Melbourne, Victoria  
Destination Devonport, Tasmania  
Last update 03 January 2019