Saturday 22nd Sep, 2018

Two men injured on bulker berthed at Portland

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

TWO crew members were injured yesterday (11 January) on the bulk carrier Berge Daisetsu while it was alongside at the Port of Portland.

Paramedics were called to the Port after a section of scaffolding partially collapsed on the ship, a spokesperson for Ambulance Victoria told DCN.

Two men in their 30s were taken to the Portland Hospital, one with minor injuries to his head and arms, and the other with minor injuries to his arm.

However, in a preliminary report on the incident, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the two crew members had sustained “serious” injuries.

The Bureau’s report went on to state the incident occurred while the crew was carrying out routine painting and cleaning of the number-four cargo hold using a portable stage suspended from the ship’s crane.

The two men were injured when the block of crane wire struck the hatch coaming.

The ATSB opened an investigation into the incident.

The 34,533 DWT Berge Daisetsu (IMO 9713179) is flagged in the Isle of Man and was berthed at the Port of Portland’s Smelter Berth at the time of the incident.

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