Marine safety issues and actions
Safety Advisory Notice issued to: Owners and operators of vessels that are, or possibly can be, unmanned
|Date issued:||06 June 2008|
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|Background:||Why this Safety Advisory Notice was developed|
While the lighting on board the barge Seatow 61 complied with the requirements of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, 1972, as amended (COLREGS), it was not sufficient to alert Norma Jean's skipper to the barge's presence early enough to prevent the collision. Furthermore, the lighting did not reflect all of the reasonable precautions that could have been taken to prevent a collision with the unmanned barge.
Safety Advisory Notice
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that the owners and operators of vessels that are, or possibly can be, unmanned should consider the safety implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate.