Fatality on board Skandi Pacific
July 14: Investigation Summary from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident on board anchor handling supply vessel,Skandi Pacific, 166 km NW of Karartha [SIC], WA (on the Northwest Shelf).
During the early hours of 14 July, Skandi Pacific stopped working cargo with the drilling platform Atwood Osprey due to heavy weather. While attempting to shelter from the weather and secure cargo a wave came over the back deck of the vessel and shifted cargo. A crew member was attempting to secure cargo when he was crushed between a moving mini-container and a cargo skip. He was removed to the nearby drill platform to receive medical assistance but died of his injuries.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will collect evidence from relevant parties on the ship and ashore. The evidence will be used to prepare a draft investigation report for comment before the completion and release of the final report.
July 14: Media Release from DOF
DOF Management can confirm there has been a fatal incident on board the Skandi Pacific today, 14.07.15 at 5.30am AWST, 175 Kilometers off the West Australian Coast. 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.
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.
An investigation will commence immediately.