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The ATSB is investigating a fire on-board the general cargo ship BBC Xingang, in Newcastle, New South Wales, on 11 December 2017. During the routine removal of stoppers around cargo in the ‘tween deck, sparks burned through the stopper’s protective blankets, and fell into the cargo below. The cargo covering was set alight. The ship’s fire watch quickly extinguished the fire.  No other damage or injuries were reported.  The ATSB’s investigation will focus on the details and sequence of the incident.

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

General details
Date: 11 December 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 1100 LT (AEDT = UTC +11) Investigation phase: Final Report: External Review 
Location   (show map):Newcastle Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Expected completion: 2nd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Vessel details
Operator: BBC Chartering and Logistics (Germany) 
Vessel: BBC Xingang 
Flag: Antigua & Barbuda 
IMO: 9508483 
Sector: Other 
Type of Operation: Cargo 
Damage to Vessel: Minor 
Departure point:Newcastle, NSW
Destination:Mackay, NSW
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Last update 16 April 2018