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.