Queenland Pilotage – “Systemic Issues” Says ATSB

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Jan 032013
 
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The grounding of Atlantic Blue sparked the investigation

An investigation into Queensland pilotage operations has revealed “systemic safety issues” says Australian Transport Safety Bureau, ATSB. Under coastal pilotage regulations, no organisation, including the pilotage provider companies, has been made clearly responsible and held accountable for managing the safety risks associated with pilotage operations. This has meant that responsibility for managing the most safety critical aspects of pilotage has rested with individual pilot contractors instead of an organisation that systematically manages safety risk.

The investigation also identified systemic safety issues surrounding pilot training, fatigue management, incident reporting, competency assessment and use of coastal vessel traffic services. Continue reading »

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Atlantic Blue Grounding

 Accident, Accident report, ATSB, Australia, grounding, pilot, pilotage  Comments Off on Atlantic Blue Grounding
Dec 202010
 

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Masters, of course, are at the pointy end of any sharp stick poking around after an accident and, in some jurisdictions, can be detained for more than a year even when not accused of a criminal act. MAC was, therefore, interested to note a part of the Australian Transport Safety Board’s report into the grounding of the tanker Atlantic Blue at Kirkcaldie Reef, Torres Strait in February, 2009, while under pilotage that does not seem to have it even into the maritime media:

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