The Australian Maritime Officers Union extends its deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of Darwin man Peter Meddens aged 32, and Scottish national Barry Denholm aged 60, who were tragically killed on the 27 August 2012 while working on the Stena Clyde, in the Otway Basin off the Victorian coastline. The two men were operating heavy machinery when part of a drill dislodged at the time of the incident.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) announced yesterday it is continuing its independent investigation into the fatal incident on the Stena Clyde. In accordance with NOPSEMA requirements, drilling operations remain suspended following the incident in which two workers were fatally injured. NOPSEMA reports that the well remains in a safe condition and continues to be monitored.

Yesterday, the Stena Clyde also had an electrical fire in connection with a circuit-breaker in the switch control room on the facility, this caused minor damage and was rapidly extinguished.

The AMOU along with the ACTU and the other maritime unions are in dialogue with NOPSEMA to determine the cause of the deaths [and fire] to ensure that this tragedy is not repeated. Sadly, these incidents reiterate that working at sea is an inherent dangerous occupation and we must be vigilant at all times and ensure that health and safety is paramount at all times.