Marine safety investigations & reports

Fire on board Iron Chieftain, Port Kembla, New South Wales on 18 June 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the fire that occurred on board Iron Chieftain at Port Kembla on 18 June 2018.

While alongside the berth discharging cargo, the crew received a fire alarm and observed flames and smoke emanating from the discharge boom and C loop area. The ship was evacuated and CO2 discharged into the engine room.  Emergency services commenced fire control.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will investigate the fire and subsequent control measures, interview the crew and fire services personnel 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: 18 June 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 3:10 EST   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Port Kembla   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: New South Wales    
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Expected completion: 3rd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator CSL Australia  
Vessel Iron Chieftain  
Flag Australia  
IMO 9047740  
Sector Bulk carrier  
Type of operation Discharging  
Damage to vessel Unknown  
Departure point Port Kembla, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018