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Our condolences go out to Mr. Attard’s family, friends and colleagues.
From the Maritime Union of Australia
The Maritime Union of Australia passes on with great sadness the news that an MUA member and delegate has been crushed to death on board a ship at the Toll Shipping facility in Port Melbourne. Anthony Attard, aged in his 40s, was helping load cargo onto the Tasmanian at about 1.45pm on Tuesday when the incident occurred.
Ambulance Victoria said they treated the man at the scene, but he could not be saved.
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said: “The MUA, its officials, staff and members express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Attard. Anthony was well liked by all and was a proud and staunch member of the MUA. Anthony was a delegate and a representative on the EBA committee in the workplace. He was a family man and comrade to all.”
Mr Attard’s brother and best friend were with him when he died. He is survived by his wife and three children.
“The MUA has long campaigned for better safety and now demands that this crisis in waterfront safety be addressed by regulation,” Mr Crumlin said. “Safety must be mandatory...

In the face of looming competition from new or expanded ocean shipping alliances among the biggest carriers, smaller lines are taking steps to ensure their own long-term survival.
United Arab Shipping Co. is a case in point. In the last year it has ordered 17 new post-Panamax container ships to replace its aging fleet; it overhauled its global management structure to place responsibility on trade lanes rather than regions; and it is expanding its vessel-sharing alliance with China Shipping Container Lines on a few key trades where it is adding new services.
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