Investigation number
MO-2023-003
Occurrence date
Location
Queenscliff
State
Victoria
Report release date
Report status
Preliminary
Investigation level
Defined
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Final report: Drafting
Investigation status
Active
Occurrence category
Accident
Highest injury level
None
Anticipated completion

The Chief Investigator, Transport Safety (CITS) is investigating the grounding of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots (PPSP) launch PV Corsair at Queenscliff on 5 October 2023. CITS is conducting the investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (Cth), under an agreement with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

On the night of 5 October 2023, the Port Phillip Sea Pilots launch PV Corsair was returning to the pilot station in Queenscliff after retrieving the pilot from an outbound ship. At about 2319, while transiting Port Phillip Heads, the vessel ran aground on the reef extending from Point Lonsdale. The skipper, the deckhand and the pilot abandoned the vessel into a life raft and were rescued by the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard.  There were no reported injuries to the rescued persons. The pilot launch was wrecked. The shipping channel was closed during the rescue and salvage operations.

A preliminary report into the incident was published on the ATSB website on 22 December 2023.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation has been completed and the final report is being drafted. The final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

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Vessel Details
Departure point
Queenscliff
Destination
Queenscliff
Vessel name
PV Corsair
Marine vehicle sector
Other
Flag
Australia
Damage
Destroyed
Marine occurrence type
Grounding
Marine Operation Type
Pilot Transfer
Vessel Operator
Port Phillip Sea Pilots