A ‘HOLED pipe’ on the bulker Goliath (IMO 9036430) is believed to have been the source of salt water which flooded the ship’s steering gear compartment.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says it is investigating what caused 12m3 of water to cover the compartment deck and drain into engine room bilges.
The incident occurred on Wednesday March 7 during a crossing from Melbourne to Devonport, Tasmania.
The ATSB is to do “a short, fact-based investigation” into the incident.
“As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain the necessary information from the ship and company and interview directly involved parties as deemed appropriate,” the Bureau stated.
According to the Bureau, the leak is suspected to be a holed pipe within the after peak salt water ballast tank.
A final report is to be released at the end of the investigation.
Goliath is an Australian-flagged cement carrier that was launched in 1993 according to the marinetraffic.com website.