A SEAFARER was seriously injured in an incident at Port Kembla on 16 May.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority told DCN it is investigating the incident.

“AMSA is working with relevant state and local authorities and has detained the bulk carrier BBC Danube while the investigation is underway,” an AMSA spokesperson said.

“It would be inappropriate for AMSA to comment further at this stage of the investigation.”

A SafeWork NSW spokesperson confirmed it had received notification of the incident and said they were continuing to provide AMSA support as required in its investigation.


DCN understands the crewmember fell several metres and landed on his head. He was then air lifted to St George Hospital in Sydney, where, as of Friday afternoon, he remains in an induced coma.

Mission to Seafarers Port Kembla manager and chaplain John Kewa said he would reach out to the injured seafarer when he comes out of the coma.

“But, when something like this happens the whole crew is affected, and that’s where our pastoral care is needed most now,” Mr Kewa said.

“Our concern right now is how this affects the crew onboard; It’s upsetting for all of us.”

According to AIS data, BBC Danube’s last port call was Dos Bocas in Mexico. The general cargo vessel is flagged in Antigua and Barbuda and has a cargo capacity of 16,949 tonnes DWT. It is 143.13 metres long (LOA) and it is 23.13 metres wide.