Ferry Safety Investigations

The NSW Passenger Transport Act 1990 allows OTSI to investigate any safety occurrence involving a ferry, with a seating capacity of more than 8 adults, that is involved in providing a public passenger service.

An investigation may be initiated by the Chief Investigator or the NSW Minister for Transport and Roads as the result of a safety occurrence or following the identification of an adverse safety trend.

The purpose of an OTSI investigation is to identify why an accident or incident occurred and to make recommendations to prevent recurrence. OTSI Investigation reports are tabled by the NSW Minister for Transport and Roads in both houses of the NSW Parliament and are also published on OTSI's website.

The nature of OTSI investigations is different to those carried out by safety regulators and enforcement agencies. OTSI applies a 'no blame' approach where the primary purpose is to identify the contributory factors that lead to a safety occurrence, rather than apportion blame or liability. If it is identified that the safety occurrence was the result of a malicious act, then the matter maybe referred to the relevant  authority or Police.

Ferry Safety Investigation Reports

Image of the passenger ferry Pemulwuy on Sydney Harbour
Incident Date
2020-07-02
Incident Location
Sydney Harbour
Investigation Status
Completed
Report Status
Published
Mode
Ferry
Passenger Fatality - MV Lady Rose
Incident Date
2019-02-02
Incident Location
Sydney Harbour
Investigation Status
Completed
Report Status
Published
Mode
Ferry
Ferry Collision Circular Quay
Incident Date
2018-01-04
Incident Location
Circular Quay
Investigation Status
Completed
Report Status
Published
Mode
Ferry
Manly – Ocean Wave - Collision with Wharf
Incident Date
2017-09-13
Incident Location
Manly
Investigation Status
Completed
Report Status
Published
Mode
Ferry
Broken Bay – Fantasea 8 Season - Grounding
Incident Date
2017-07-27
Incident Location
Broken Bay
Investigation Status
Completed
Report Status
Published
Mode
Ferry