When a Yacht and a Bulkcarrier Meet

alastairrussell
15th June 2010, 08:14
Media Release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on the collision between Jessica Watsons yacht Pink Lady and the bulk carrier Silver Yang.

The full report can be sighted in the ATSB website.

Media Release

2010/11

Ella’s Pink Lady collision reveals lessons for all seafarers

15 June 2010
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today released its final investigation report into the 9 September 2009 collision between the Australian registered yacht Ella's Pink Lady and the Hong Kong registered bulk carrier Silver Yang off Point Lookout, Queensland.

The ATSB investigation found that when the two vessels collided, neither the yacht's skipper nor the ship's watch keepers were keeping a proper lookout, nor were they appropriately using navigational aids to manage the risk of collision.

The investigation also found that following the collision, the ship's watch keeper did not offer to assist the yacht's skipper. This is a problem that has also been highlighted by previous ATSB investigations.

ATSB Chief Commissioner Mr Martin Dolan said there are significant lessons to be learnt from this incident.

'This is a timely reminder that, under United Nations' conventions, ship operators have an obligation to offer assistance immediately to other vessels following a collision,' Mr Dolan said.

As a result of the ATSB investigation, the following key safety actions were taken:

• Ella's Pink Lady's radar visibility was enhanced before its departure from Sydney.

• The international requirement to render assistance following a collision has been highlighted.

• Attention was drawn to the possible limits in the detectability of Class B AIS transmissions.

• Silver Yang's operators intend to undertake further training of deck officers.

Wanstead
17th June 2010, 12:22
Media Release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on the collision between Jessica Watsons yacht Pink Lady and the bulk carrier Silver Yang.

The ATSB investigation found that when the two vessels collided, neither the yacht's skipper nor the ship's watch keepers were keeping a proper lookout, nor were they appropriately using navigational aids to manage the risk of collision.

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Can we read into this that maybe the young lady was asleep (need to sleep sometime) and it was a training issue with the deck officer?