MUA in Mourning After Member Fatality Offshore

The Maritime Union of Australia passes on its sincerest condolences to Andrew Kelly’s family after the seafaring member was crushed between two containers working off the coast of Dampier yesterday.


The 39-year-old Newcastle member was working aboard the Programmed Marine vessel, the Skandi Pacific, when the tragic incident occurred.

Andrew leaves behind a wife and four children, all under the age of ten, including a six-month-old baby.

The union has arranged for Hunterlink Recovery Services to provide counseling for those who were onboard at the time.

MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said it was a sad and tragic day. “

My and all the MUA's thoughts are with the Kelly family in particular along with his workmates on this unfortunate day,” Crumlin said.

“The offshore industry is an inherently high safety risk environment, the highest in the country and the world, due to the isolated and unstable nature of seagoing work and the 24/7 requirements placed on seafarers.

The MUA is a relentless and unapologetic advocate for appropriate national safety and welfare programs, including equal time rosters and Employee Assistance Programs.

“It is unfortunate this area of essential national regulation has been treated as a political football by the Federal Government and Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) in advocating the open-slather use of unregulated overseas labour, working outside of Australian workplace standards and jurisdiction,” he said referring to the Abbott Government’s attempts at allowing foreign workers without a visa access to offshore projects.

The Government has twice, through Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash, bypassed the Senate and ignored the determination of the Federal Court in issuing obscure legislative instruments to allow the offshore workers into the industry without a visa. See more here.

“This situation places unconscionable additional pressure on those Australian seafarers currently working in this high-risk, but essential national industry,” Crumlin said.

“This tragedy should be a timely punctuation for pause for those advocating the deregulation of the industry through legislative and other contested avenues and return to policies of good governance, ensuring long term confidence in Australia as an offshore hydrocarbon producer.

“The MUA will be working with the employer and workplace regulators to ensure the causes of the incident are fully identified and rectified as required.

“Again, our deepest sympathies are extended to Andrew's family, and pledge any support that may assist them in their deep grief."

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  • Christopher Halloran
    commented 2015-07-27 22:21:13 +1000
    My deepest sympathies to andrews wife and children.he was a gentlemen, a comrade, a beautiful father and husband, and always will always cherish his easy comrade
  • Robert Barnes
    commented 2015-07-27 18:51:50 +1000
    Our deepest condolences to Andrew’s wife and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time.

    MUA Members Mackay/Hay Point Tugs
  • Ashleigh Pollock
    commented 2015-07-25 10:31:42 +1000
    My deepest sympathy & wishes to Andrews family, Andrew was a committed family man & seafarer.
    R.I.P. Andrew.
  • Glen Barlow
    commented 2015-07-18 19:19:03 +1000
    Deepest sympathies on your loss .vale a father , husband, shipmate and a comrade that should have come home from sea .rest in peace
    glen barlow #663
  • John Lee
    commented 2015-07-18 16:08:07 +1000
    RIP Comrade. Always remembered. Never forgotten !!
  • Joshua Liley
    commented 2015-07-18 01:16:03 +1000
    Deepest condolences in this sad time.
  • Glenn Lea
    commented 2015-07-17 17:23:05 +1000
    I was fortunate to sail with Andrew a few times and it saddens me a lot to hear of this tragic accident.
    A passionate seafarer who was a wonderful family man.
    Deepest sympathy to his family.
    Glenn Lea 9000987
  • Gavin Relph
    commented 2015-07-17 17:13:20 +1000
    I am greatly saddened to hear of the loss of Andrew as are many former ship mates of Andys.
    Andy had a great vision for his future and that of his family conversing with him left me in no doubt of this.
    Let us remember Andy as a loving farther to his children and his wife.
  • Anthony Walther
    commented 2015-07-17 16:50:58 +1000
    On behalf of myself and the MUA crew aboard the MEO Sovereign 1, we wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to Andrew’s family. R.I.P. Comrade.
  • Joanne Kerin
    commented 2015-07-17 14:57:06 +1000
    To the family of Andrew, with deepest sympathy for your loss… Joanne
  • Stephen Barnes
    commented 2015-07-17 14:49:31 +1000
    I am so sad for our fallen comrade I have no words that could ease you painful loss my and my family deepest sympathies in this horrible time Stephen and Hoa Barnes
  • Rory Crumlin
    commented 2015-07-17 13:33:41 +1000
    Condolences during these tough times from myself and my family RIP comrade
    Rory crumlin #9020468
  • Tim Ribergaard
    commented 2015-07-17 12:54:32 +1000
    Andrew’s family and friends. Please except my deepest condolences for your tragic loss.
  • Andre Capper
    commented 2015-07-17 11:43:59 +1000
    In sincere sympathy to Andrews family, our condolences from his MUA Comrades on-board the Drillship “Deepwater Millennium”
  • Andre Capper
    commented 2015-07-17 11:43:58 +1000
    In sincere sympathy to Andrews family, our condolences from his MUA Comrades on-board the Drillship “Deepwater Millennium”
  • Brad Barringer
    commented 2015-07-17 09:37:29 +1000
    Deepest condolences to Andrews family and rest assured the MUA family will support you all through the times ahead RIP Comrade rest easy on behalf of the Newcastle Linesmen
  • Anthony Reddan
    commented 2015-07-17 07:59:05 +1000
    There are no roses on a sailors grave,
    no Lilles on an ocean wave,the only
    tribute is the seagulls sweep,And the teardrops
    that a sweetheart weeps.
    Rest In Peace Andy.
  • Robert Phillips
    commented 2015-07-17 07:00:07 +1000
    We are deeply saddened by your loss and our thoughts and wishes are with Andrews family and friends.
    RIP Comrade.
    From your comrades in Bowen Qld.
  • Roy Muir
    commented 2015-07-17 02:29:09 +1000
    The crew of the Sea Triumph sadly convey our sincerest condolences to Andrews’ wife, children, family, friends and shipmates.
    Our hearts are with you.
  • Steven Moffat
    commented 2015-07-16 22:53:53 +1000
    Condolences to Andrews family….
    RIP Comrade so sad to hear of your loss
  • Andrew Olsson
    commented 2015-07-16 22:27:46 +1000
    The crew member’s onboard the BJP Discovery convey out heart felt condolences to the loveing family , friends and ship mates of our dear mate Andrew..
    Taken far to soon, RIP COMRADE
  • Simon Johnson
    commented 2015-07-16 22:26:09 +1000
    Vale Comrade can’t image the pain your family is in but sending love from my family to yours
  • Murray Posa
    commented 2015-07-16 22:10:04 +1000
    very sad to no andrew has passed i new him as we sailed on the same ship.some thing that I rember that he all ways talked off his youg famly and his lovely wife. your time has been takeing from you at a youg age its not right.i hope where ever you are you are looking over your famly mate. will not for get. muzza
  • Bob Gray
    commented 2015-07-16 22:04:16 +1000
    Condolences and Sympathy to Andrews family and friends RIP comrade
  • Carl Bell
    commented 2015-07-16 21:55:45 +1000
    From myself & the crew of the Lady Grace, our thoughts are with our lost Brother, the family & the crew of the Skandi Pacific, there are no words that will convey or ease the pain of this loss, our thoughts are with the family & the crew in this difficult time. As seafarers we all feel this tragic loss of life, RIP Andrew
  • Bruce Frary
    commented 2015-07-16 21:26:58 +1000
    My deepest Sympathy to the Kelly family .i am so sorry for your loss .
  • Richie Davies
    commented 2015-07-16 21:22:17 +1000
    RIP Andrew respect and condolences to Kelly Family and friends.
  • J Whitfield
    commented 2015-07-16 21:19:33 +1000
    Condolences to andrew’s family touch one touch all.
  • cara morris
    commented 2015-07-16 21:02:04 +1000
    Condolences to Andrews family. Such sad news to have lost another brother to the industry. Sending u prayer that you receive the help u need in this hardest of time.
  • Brian McDonald
    commented 2015-07-16 20:24:28 +1000
    To Mrs Kelly and the Kelly children it is with a heavy heart I offer condolences for the loss you are suffering. We who go to sea refer to each other as shipmates as our job throws complete strangers together as a crew. At sea we rely upon each other as it is always a way off from outside help. We have each other’s back and work as a team for long periods. Through this melting pot of men and women who choose to sail the oceans and work upon the ships and seacraft around our island nation and around the world we identfy ourselves as mariners with a common bond. One of us has fallen, now all of us morn the loss of one of our own.
    Vale Andrew Kelly merchant mariner gone from us too soon.