Lifeboat accident in Botany Bay – third officer severely injured

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released Marine Safety Investigation Report No. 198 concerning an accident on a tanker berthed in Botany Bay. The third officer was severely injured and three other crew members were slightly injured during a lifeboat drill when the suspension hooks opened prematurely. The lifeboat dropped 10 metres into the water. The ATSB concluded that the on-load release hooks had not been correctly reset when the boat was last lowered. Lack of effective maintenance had made the hooks difficult to reset and their design made it difficult to confirm that the hooks were correctly reset.

Contact: Howard Snaith