Singapore: A 39-year-old Australian crew member onboard DOF anchor handling tug supply vessel Skandi Pacific (3,107 dwt, built 2011) died yesterday when he was crushed between two containers while the vessel was operating in rough weather off the coast of Dampier, in Western Australia.
DOF said the incident occured around 5.30am yesterday local time, with operations suspended immediately and the emergency response team mobilised.
In a statement, DOF said: “People’s safety and the welfare of their families is our priority. We are doing everything we can to support the families and other crew members. The Skandi Pacific will be met by DOF representatives and a team of professional counselors will be on-hand to offer support and care for the crew on-board.”
The seafarer was identified as Andrew Kelly, from Newcastle in New South Wales, leaving behind a wife and four children.
The Maritime Union of Australia Secretary Paddy Crumlin commented that is was a sad and tragic day. “My and all the MUA’s thoughts are with the Kelly family in particular along with his workmates on this unfortunate day,” Crumlin said.
“The offshore industry is an inherently high safety risk environment, the highest in the country and the world, due to the isolated and unstable nature of seagoing work and the 24/7 requirements placed on seafarers,” he added.
Reports say that crew members were attempting to secure cargo during rough whether when the crew member was crushed between a moving container and a cargo skip.