An investigation has found a crewman who died on board a cargo ship at Townsville in 2008 may have been affected by alcohol.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has completed its final report into a fatal incident on the Maltese-registered container ship ‘Spirit of Esperance’.
In November 2008, a crewman died after falling four metres while trying to stow a cargo crane hook while the ship was berthed in Townsville.
The investigation found that the correct procedures were not followed during the docking of the ship and raised concerns about whether safety procedures were routinely met.
It also found that the crewman was probably under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident which may have affected his reaction time, balance and general ability.