The sudden passing away of a foreign crew member on a vessel located in Bluff reportedly happened when cranes onboard were being moved, the Maritime Union reports.
A police spokeswoman has mentioned that officers were alerted at around 9.30 am on 21 December to an incident on a vessel situated then at Southport, Bluff, where an individual had suddenly died.
The police and Maritime NZ are striving to establish what occurred, the spokeswoman added.
A spokeswoman associated with South Port mentioned that the MSC Resilient III was involved.
Craig Harrison, the National Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, said he understood New Zealand shore-based stevedores had completed their work on the vessel when the incident occurred.
The container vessel had its cranes, but per news sources, it was worked by onshore cranes that local stevedores operated.
Harrison informed that initial reports from local workers indicate an incident occurred when the crew members were moving the onboard cranes.
The MSC Resilient III is reportedly a Liberian-flagged container vessel that departed from Melbourne on 15 December, per online shipping logs.
The Maritime Union had raised concerns regarding the health and safety of overseas flagged vessels working in New Zealand ports.
The Resilient III is a vessel registered under Liberia’s flag of convenience (FOC). These FOC vessels have long been notorious for problems associated with the safety and rights of seafarers.
Adam Walker, a Maritime New Zealand spokesman, reportedly confirmed that it was examining.
References: 1News, RNZ, nzherald, Scoop Independent News