Maritime Fatalities on the Rise in Australia
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau report shows a sharp increase in deaths & serious incidents in maritime & offshore sectors.
The report, according to the ITF, found that between 2005 and 2012, 254 people were killed, missing or seriously injured in reported marine occurrences.
In 2012, 154 such occurrences were reported – over 50 per cent higher than the 2005 to 2012 average of 100 per year.
The Maritime Union of Australia said the report highlighted the urgent need for the federal government and its agencies to act to reduce the death and serious injury rates. The figures were: "not only shocking, they are a tragedy for the many families and communities who have lost loved ones,” said MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin, also president of the ITF.
“The fact that the majority of incidents occurred on flag of convenience ships demonstrates the importance of the ITF’s campaign to reform international shipping standards," he added.
The MUA has also been campaigning for a robust national stevedoring code of practice and for the offshore sector to be included in harmonised health and safety laws, and will be seeking meetings with federal bodies to address discrepancies in regulation.