Australian shipmanager fined over mechanic death

Inco Ships, an Australian shipmanagement company, has been fined A$200,000 ($152,000) over the death of a mechanic.

Aries Nemiada was crushed to death in December 2012 while carrying out maintenance work on a barge. A court in Australia also awarded Nemiada’s family A$20,000 in compensation.

Inco was charged with failing to provide a safe system of work as well as failing to provide adequate information, instruction, supervision and training.

“Inco must now surely appreciate that its refusal to accept legal responsibility for the offence was misconceived, with likely hurtful consequences to the victim’s family, friends and colleagues,” magistrate Stephen Lieschke said.

Shipping database Equasis shows Sydney-headquartered Inco manages a total of seven ships.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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