Marine safety investigations & reports

Contact with wharf fender by the livestock carrier Angus Express at Broome, Western Australia on 20 April 2018

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


The ATSB is investigating the contact with wharf by the livestock carrier Angus Express at Broome, Western Australia on 20 April 2018.

The ship berthed starboard side alongside the wharf at low tide on slack water. After the ship was alongside the wharf, a tug was used to keep it alongside two Yokohama fenders, while the mooring lines were run. As the tug applied minimum weight amidships, the forward fender compressed and went under the fender posts.

As a consequence, the ship's bow moved towards the wharf. The pilot ordered the tug to stop pushing, but a deck apendage overhanging the ship's side came into contact with a fixed wharf fender, causing minimal damage.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the involved parties and gather additional information. 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, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 20 April 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0712 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Broome   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Western Australia    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Incident  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator Livestock Express  
Vessel Angus Express  
Flag Luxembourg  
IMO 9167057  
Sector Other  
Type of operation Berthing  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point Singapore  
Destination Broome, WA  
Last update 12 February 2019