Sailors refuse to sail after watching their shipmate die

A CREW grieving after the death of one of their mates won't sail out of the Gladstone harbour under its Greek captain and the captain doesn't want to sail without private security.

International Transport Workers' Federation national coordinator Dean Summers said both the captain and crew felt unsafe after the death of one of the Filipino crew members.

Initial reports are the Kanaris ship was 260 miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea when a crew member was hit by a pulley in the head.

He died a short while after being hit.

His body was removed from the ship in Papua New Guinea and the ship continued on to Gladstone. 

Mr Summers said the crew was traumatised.

"It was a grisly industrial accident. We have been able to talk to the crew to settle them down," he said.

"The Filipino crew don't want to sail because they believe the captain is unsafe.

"The captain won't sail unless he gets private security because he feels unsafe. It's a mess."

Topics:  fatality sailors

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