Marine safety investigations & reports

Assistance to the Hong Kong Marine Accident Investigation Section (MAIS) investigation into the crew fatality onboard Luzon Strait while at anchor off Bunbury, Western Australia, on 11 December 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase


On 11 December 2020, a crew member (from Shandong, China) on Luzon Strait fell into the cargo hold and sustained fatal injuries. The Hong Kong Marine Department, Marine Accident Investigation Section (MAIS), is investigating the accident.

At the request of MAIS, the ATSB assisted with the collection of information relevant to the investigation. To protect any information supplied by MAIS to the ATSB, and the ATSB's investigative work to assist MAIS, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. The ATSB has now concluded its involvement in the investigation.

The Hong Kong Marine Department, Marine Accident Investigation Section is responsible for and will administer the release of the final investigation report into this accident. Any enquires relating to the investigation should be directed to the Hong Kong Marine Department at

General details
Date: 11 December 2020   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1432 WST    
Location   (show map): Bunbury anchorage   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 11 May 2021   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator Pacific Basin Shipping (HK) Limited  
Vessel Luzon Strait  
Flag Hong Kong  
IMO 9317793  
Sector Bulk carrier  
Type of operation Bulk Carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Singapore  
Destination Bunbury, Western Australia  
Last update 11 May 2021