Marine safety investigations & reports

Gas control equipment malfunction on board the gas tanker Suiso Frontier at Western Port, Hastings, Victoria on 25 January 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a gas pressure control equipment malfunction on board the gas carrier Suiso Frontier after the ship had loaded liquefied hydrogen at Western Port, Hastings.

At 2147 AEST on 25 January 2022, a flame was seen coming from the gas combustion unit's exhaust on deck. The unit was immediately shutdown and isolated before the crew implemented the fire prevention response plan.

No further abnormalities were reported and there were no injuries, damage or pollution. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons and obtain other evidence, including recorded data.

Should a critical safety issue be identified 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: 25 January 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 21:47 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Port of Hastings   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Victoria    
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending    
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2022    

Vessel details

Vessel details
Operator HySTRA  
Vessel Suiso Frontier  
Flag Japan  
IMO 9860154  
Sector Tanker  
Type of operation Liquefied Gas Tanker  
Departure point Port of Hastings, Victoria  
Destination Port of Gladstone, Queensland  
Last update 01 September 2022