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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 phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Port Kembla Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Fire 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 14 November 2018