Cargo Ship Fatality

Photo: Simone De Peak SMH

A 55-year-old man died at Newcastle port in NSW on board a cargo ship. Apparently he suffered a cardiac arrest after an accident according to the Newcastle Herald on “Sage Sagittarius”, one of the largest coal carriers in the world, registered in Panama that reached Carrington on Friday morning.

The man a Filipino was the Chief Engineer and reportedly suffered crush injuries, paramedics tried to revive him but he died on the docks.

A man was reported missing off the same vessel on 2nd September when it was 400km from the coast of Cairns; this disappearance is under investigation by the Australian Federal police.

According to the maritime Union of Australia the man disappeared after complaining about poor conditions and pay on the Sage Sagittarius.

The man that died on Friday was also planning to talk to the International Transport Workers Federation regarding working conditions according to the Federation’s Coordinator in Australia Dean Summers.

Update: Police are now treating the ship as a crime scene and are investigating this death as suspicious rather than a workplace accident.


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