Marine safety investigations & reports

Collision between bulk carrier Accolade II and fishing vessel Sand Groper, off Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 29 February 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a collision between the bulk carrier Accolade II and fishing vessel Sand Groper off Port Adelaide on 29 February 2020.

The collision occurred in the vicinity of beacon 13 of Port Adelaide channel at about 0435. Accolade II sustained minor damage while Sand Groper sustained damage to the starboard bow and stabiliser. There were no reported injuries or pollution from either vessel.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons and obtain other evidence, including recorded data.

Should any safety critical information be discovered 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: 29 February 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0435 CDT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Off Port Adelaide   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: South Australia    
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2021    

Vessel 1 details

Vessel 1 details
Operator Inco Ships  
Vessel Accolade II  
Flag Australia  
IMO 8012425  
Sector Bulk carrier  
Type of operation Cargo  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point Port Adelaide  
Destination Klein Point  

Vessel 2 details

Vessel 2 details
Operator Southern Fisheries Group  
Vessel Sand Groper  
Flag Australia  
Sector Commercial fishing  
Type of operation Fishing  
Damage to vessel Minor  
Departure point Fishing Grounds  
Destination Port Adelaide  
Last update 07 July 2021