Marine safety investigations & reports

Fatality on board OOCL Kuala Lumpur, near Port Botany, NSW, on 3 June 2018

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


The ATSB is investigating a fatality on board the OOCL Kula Lumpur, when it was near Port Botany, New South Wales.

On 3 June 2018, the ship was proceeding to the Sydney pilot station, with an estimated time of arrival 1000 Eastern Standard Time. At 0930, the electrical officer was working on an elevator, with another employee nearby. The officer had climbed on top of the elevator and closed the elevator door. The officer subsequently sustained fatal injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant personnel on the ship and collect other relevant evidence.

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: 03 June 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0930 EST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Port Botany   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: New South Wales    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel OOCL Kuala Lumpur  
Flag Singapore  
IMO 9367176  
Sector Container  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Fremantle, WA  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 28 October 2019