SEEKING TREATMENT: The ship Beaufiks berthed at Hay Point yesterday as seafarers sought medical attention after a 26-year-old sailor died at sea.
SEEKING TREATMENT: The ship Beaufiks berthed at Hay Point yesterday as seafarers sought medical attention after a 26-year-old sailor died at sea. Lee Constable

After man dies on board, ship sets off for the Netherlands

THE ship Beaufiks has left Hay Point headed for Rotterdam, two days after it was forced to stop in Mackay to allow crew to receive medical examinations following the death of a crew member.

As reported in the Mercury yesterday, Filipino seafarer Christian Borbon, 26, died onboard, after receiving medical treatment in China for a sore throat on December 19. His crewmates complained of similar symptoms but were allegedly denied medical attention by shipping company, Nissen Kaiun, when it reached Gladstone.

The International Transport Workers Federation Australia intervened and forced the captain to dock in Mackay so crew members could seek medical advice.

ITF Australia national co-ordinator Dean Summers, is calling for a coronial enquiry into the young man's death.

"We will push the coronial inquest," he said.

"I have been advised by the coroner's office on lodging the application.

"The autopsy was to be done on Monday."

Mr Summers said the ITF was liaising with the International Chamber of Shipping in Japan but is not expecting a resolution. Mr Summers said the Japanese-owned Beaufiks was a flag of convenience (FOC) ship, sailing under a Panama flag, to avoid scrutiny.

"I have three full-time inspectors on FOC ships across Australia. In the last 12 months we have recovered $2million in back-pay," Mr Summers said.

There is a senate enquiry into the suspicious deaths of three workers on the Japanese-owned, MV Sage Sagittarius. Nissen Kaiun did not respond to emails for comment into the crew member's death.


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