On the evening of 16 December 1985, Lysaght Endeavour was proceeding northwards, in ballast, along the southern NSW coast. Shortly before 2200, the Watch Officer saw a single, small white light one point to port & the lookout reported the light shortly afterwards. No target was depicted on the radar screen & as the light remained on a steady bearing, the officer assumed that he was overtaking a small vessel, which was on a converging course. He therefore made a broad alteration to port, then gradually came back to the original course, keeping the other vessel fine to starboard. The white light suddenly disappeared under the starboard bow & Lysaght Endeavour collided with the fibreglass yacht Grunter, which was sailing on a southerly heading & stated to be displaying a tricoloured lantern at the masthead.
Grunter suffered only minor damage & was able to proceed to port unassisted.
The red section of Grunter's tricoloured lantern was foumd to have degraded to such an extent that it showed a white light. However, doubt was raised as to whether the bulb in the red section was working & that in fact the yacht was displaying the all round white anchor light.
Grunter was not showing the correct navigation lights, in that it was not displaying a red port sidelight.
Although there was one on board, Grunter did not carry a radar reflector in a prominent position, to enhance detection by radar.
The Watch Officer aboard Lysaght Endeavour misjudged the distance of the white light & resumed the original course too soon.
|Date:||16 December 1985||Investigation status:||Completed|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Release date:||01 June 1986||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
Vessel 1 details
|Vessel||Lysaght Endeavour D35561|
|Type of operation||Roll on-roll off cargo|
|Damage to vessel||Nil|
|Departure point||Fremantle, WA|
|Destination||Port Kembla, NSW|
Vessel 2 details
|Type of operation||Saling vessel|
|Damage to vessel||Minor|