Marine safety investigations & reports

Breakaway incidents involving OOCL Brisbane and CMA CGM Bellini in the Port of Brisbane, Queensland on 16 May and 20 May respectively

Investigation number:
MO-2022-004
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating the breakaway of the container ship OOCL Brisbane and near-breakaway of the container ship CMA CGM Bellini on 16 May and 20 May respectively, at the Fisherman Island container terminals in the Port of Brisbane, Queensland.

At about 1313 AEST on 16 May 2022, OCCL Brisbane broke away from its berth at the terminal after its mooring lines parted shortly after another ship, Delos Wave, passed the berthed ship in the adjacent channel. The emergency response by OCCL Brisbane’s crew included using the ship’s engines and bow thruster to manage the situation until harbour tugs arrived at 1320. The tugs remained with the ship and its starboard anchor was lowered to prevent the ship drifting further into the channel. At 1420, a harbour pilot boarded the ship and, with additional tugs assisting, conducted it to a nearby anchorage where it anchored safely without further incident.

At about 0640 AEST on 20 May, CMA CGM Bellini was working cargo alongside a berth at the terminal when two of its forward mooring lines parted and the ship’s bow drifted off the berth at the time that another ship, APL Scotland, passed the berthed ship in the adjacent channel. The ship’s crew responded by attending to moorings and, with the assistance of a harbour tug, the ship was secured safely back alongside the berth by about 0800. Cargo operations were resumed shortly after.

The ATSB’s investigation will cover circumstances related to both incidents. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview relevant persons and obtain other evidence, including recorded data, for both incidents. 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: 16 May 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 13:02 E. Australia Standard Time   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Port of Brisbane   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Queensland    
Release date: 27 May 2022   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2022    

Vessel 1 details

Vessel 1 details
Operator Orient Overseas Container Line  
Vessel OCCL Brisbane  
Flag Hong Kong  
IMO 9445502  
Sector Container  
Type of operation Berthed  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Destination Port of Brisbane  

Vessel 2 details

Vessel 2 details
Operator CMA CGM SA the French Line  
Vessel CMA CGM Bellini  
Flag Malta  
IMO 9280598  
Sector Container  
Type of operation Berthed  
Damage to vessel Nil  

Vessel 3 details

Vessel 3 details
Operator APL LLC  
Vessel APL Scotland  
Flag Singapore  
IMO 9218662  
Sector Container  
Type of operation Underway  
Damage to vessel Nil  

Vessel 4 details

Vessel 4 details
Operator ZIM Integrated Shipping Servs  
Vessel Delos Wave  
Flag Marshall Islands  
IMO 9341110  
Sector Container  
Type of operation Underway  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Last update 27 May 2022