Seafarer crushed to death on AHTS vessel off Australian coast

The AHTS vessel Skandi Pacific The AHTS vessel Skandi Pacific

A seafarer has died on Tuesday while working onboard the AHTS vessel Skandi Pacific off Western Australia amid bad weather.

Norway’s DOF Management, part of DOF Group, confirmed the fatal accident in a statement on its website.

The unfortunate incident ocurred in the early hours of Tuesday local time while the AHTS vessel was 175 km off the West Australian Coast. The offshore vessel Skandi Pacific is operated by DOF Group and working cargo with a drilling platform Atwood Osprey.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), crew members on the Skandi Pacific were attempting to shelter from rough seas and secure cargo when the wave came over the back deck.

Local media reported that the crew member was attempting to secure cargo when he was crushed between a moving mini-container and a cargo skip.

DOF Management said operations were suspended immediately, the emergency response team was mobilised and the vessel is now on its way back to port.

The authorities have been notified and an investigation will commence immediately.

“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,” DOF Management said.

Posted 15 July 2015

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Lee Hong Liang

Asia Correspondent