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: Active
Investigation in progress


On 11 December 2020, a crew member 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 is assisting 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 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: Active  
Time: 1432 WST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Bunbury anchorage    
State: Western Australia    
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   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 17 December 2020