A fatal accident occurred on board the Bahamas-flagged AHTS Skandi Pacific while off Western Australia on the on the Northwest Shelf on Tuesday.
Norway’s DOF Management, part of DOF Group ASA, has confirmed that a crew member was killed while working on board the 3,170 DWT anchor handling tug at approximately 5:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The incident occurred as the vessel was approximately 174 kilometers (108 miles) from the coast of Western Australia as the vessel was seeking shelter from heavy weather.
The company said that operations were suspended immediately and an emergency response team was mobilized as the vessel made its way back to port.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
The company did not provide any information regarding the circumstances of the incident.
AIS shows the Skandi Pacific back in port at Dampier, WA as of about 2:30 a.m. local time Wednesday.
The authorities have been notified and an investigation was expected to commence immediately.
The Australian Transportation Safety Board has launched its own investigation into the accident, and has also shed some light on what happened:
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.
DOF Group operates a fleet of 71 purpose-built offshore vessels. The 2011-built Skandi Pacific is designed for field installation operations across a wide range of water depths and environmental conditions.