Marine safety investigations & reports

Near-miss grounding of Rosco Poplar, off Bond Reef, Hydrographers Passage, Queensland, 4 May 2022

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Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating the near-miss grounding of the bulk carrier Rosco Poplar near Bond Reef, Hydrographers Passage, Queensland, on 4 May 2022.  

At about 0313 AEST on 4 May, Rosco Poplar was transiting Hydrographers Passage inbound under the conduct of a coastal pilot when it was reported that an alert from a ship’s electronic navigational aid indicated that the ship was passing less than 200 metres from Bond Reef. The ship's course was then altered to return to the planned track. Meanwhile, the vessel traffic service monitoring shipping in the area had also received a potential grounding alert from its electronic systems and communicated with the ship's pilot. 

The ship continued its passage without further incident and anchored off Hay Point. Subsequent verification of radar and other electronic data confirmed the near-miss grounding.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the circumstances leading to this serious near-miss, including interviewing the pilot and other relevant persons, and analysing recorded data on the ship and ashore.

Should a critical safety issue be identified at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken. 

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 04 May 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 03:13 E. Australian Standard Time   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Hydrographers Passage   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland    
Release date: 03 June 2022   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2022    

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator Renwood Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd  
Vessel Rosco Poplar  
Flag Hong Kong  
IMO 9336878  
Sector Bulk carrier  
Type of operation Cargo  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Zhoushan China  
Destination Hay Point anchorage, Queensland  
Last update 03 June 2022