Ferry Safety Investigations

OTSI's Chief Investigator has the discretion to choose which transport safety occurrences OTSI will investigate. The Minister may also direct that an investigation takes place. In determining what to investigate, the Chief Investigator considers the following aspects:

All investigations performed by OTSI are solely for the purpose of identifying why an accident or incident occurred and to make recommendations to prevent a similar occurrence happening in the future. Investigations are conducted within a 'just culture' that does not seek to apportion blame. However, if it is apparent that the safety occurrence was the direct result of a malicious act, then the matter will be passed to the appropriate regulator or enforcement agency.

As an investigation nears completion a draft investigation report will be circulated to Directly Involved Parties for comment. The purpose of this consultation is to provide the directly involved parties with the opportunity to identify matters they believe warrant additional consideration. The Chief Investigator will consider such matters but is not obliged to reflect them in the final report.

The final report is then forwarded to the Minister for Transport for tabling in both houses of the NSW Parliament. Shortly after tabling, the report is published below.

Investigation Reports

Date Location - vessel name Description Status Report
11 Oct 2016 Circular Quay - SuperCat 4 - 194 Kb PDF Collision In Progress Interim
9 June 2016 Manly Cove - Ocean Wave - 752 Kb PDF Loss of Control Complete Final
28 May 2016 Circular Quay - 991 Kb PDF Collision with Wharf In Progress Interim
5 May 2016 Sydney Harbour - 1.14 Mb PDF Loss of Control In Progress Interim
8 March 2016 Kissing Point - FantaSea Spirit - 512 Kb PDF Engine Room Fire In Progress Interim
10 January 2016 White Bay, Sydney Harbour - 1.19 Mb PDF Rocks Rhythm Boat Disabled Complete Final
1 March 15 Cabarita, Port Jackson - MV Venture - 2 Mb PDF Sinking Complete Final
2010-2014 Sydney Harbour - 273 Kb PDF Close Quarters In Progress Interim
18 Feb 2014 Sydney Harbour - 2 Mb PDF Close Quarters Complete Final
22 June 2013 Sydney Harbour - Freshwater - 1 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
17 May 2013 Sydney Harbour - Narrabeen and Southern Swan - 2 Mb PDF Close Quarters Complete Final
11 & 13 Dec 2012 Vessel: Sydney Harbour - Lady Northcott - 1 Mb PDF Collision & Grounding Complete Final
25 July 12 Sydney Harbour - 2 Mb PDF Close Quarters Complete Final
4 Dec 10 Pyrmont Bay - Katika - 1.14 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
14 Sep 10 Sydney Harbour - Captain Cook Cruises - 195 kb PDF Systemic Complete Final
2 Aug 10 Balmain Shipyard - Marjorie Jackson - 1.24 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
4 Apr 10 Sydney Harbour - Jillian - 1.89 Mb PDF Fire Onboard Complete Final
May 09 Ferry Crew Training - 1.84 Mb PDF Systemic Complete Final
28 Mar 07 Sydney Harbour - Pam Burridge - 2.33 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
22 Mar 07 Darling Harbour - Sirius - 774 kb PDF Collision Complete Final
05 Jan 07 Walsh Bay - Dawn Fraser - 1.44 Mb Collision Complete Final
11 Jan 06 Sydney Harbour - Betty Cuthbert - 1.26 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
23 Sep 05 Circular Quay - Betty Cuthbert - 749 kb PDF Collision Complete Final
20 Sep 05 Freshwater Class Ferries - 749 kb PDF Systemic Complete Final
19 Sep 05 Circular Quay - Collaroy - 924 kb PDF Collision Complete Final
26 May 05 Circular Quay - Narrabeen - 904 kb PDF Collision Complete Final
04 Mar 05 Circular Quay - Collaroy - 1.08 Mb PDF Collision Complete Final
12 May 04 Rose Bay - Louise Sauvage - 565 kb PDF Collision Complete Final
20 Feb 04 Circular Quay - Lady Herron - 784 kb PDF Collision Complete Final
19 Feb 04 Cockatoo Island - Betty Cuthbert - 775 kb PDF Collision Complete Final