Seafarer Electrocuted aboard Bulker in Australian Port

A seafarer was electrocuted on board the bulk carrier Efficiency OL while the ship was at berth in the port of Bunbury, Western Australia.

The incident occurred in the evening hours on Saturday, September 29, a spokesperson for Southern Ports told World Maritime News.

The ship’s Chinese crew discovered the man and called an ambulance. He was transported to Bunbury Health Campus, but he tragically died, according to Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

At the time, the Panama-flagged Efficiency OL was unloading timber at the port’s Berth 5.

Western Australian police subsequently advised the incident resulted in the suspected electrocution of a 22-year-old Chinese national.

AMSA is also investigating to determine whether a failure of the 37,000 dwt ship’s procedures or maintenance program may have contributed to the incident.

The vessel was released to the stevedore to recommend labour from 7 pm on October 2.

Southern Ports’ spokesperson added that the incident did not affect any other operations at the port.

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