Marine safety investigations & reports

Assistance to the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) investigation into the crew fatality onboard Star Planet off the coast of South Australia, on 4 June 2021

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


On 4 June 2021, a crew member (from Turkey) on Star Planet fell into the cargo hold and sustained fatal injuries. The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) initiated an investigation into the accident

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

The Bahamas Maritime Authority 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 Bahamas Maritime Authority at

General details
Date: 04 June 2021   Investigation status: Completed  
Location   (show map): 475NM W of Adelaide   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: South Australia    
Release date: 15 September 2021    
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Star Planet  
Flag Bahamas  
IMO 9316036  
Type of operation Bulk carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Kwinana, Western Australia  
Destination Port Adelaide, South Australia  
Last update 15 September 2021