Investigation into deaths of foreign ship-workers stalled

NOTHING has changed since January the New South Wales Coroner's Court vowed to appoint an investigator into the deaths of two ship workers killed in Australian waters almost 18 months ago.

Both the Australian Federal Police and their NSW counterparts are understood to have provided a brief of information to the court at the time.

Filipino cook Cesar Llanto disappeared overboard from the Sage Sagittarius on August 30, 2012 as it approached Australian waters.

Two weeks later, Hector Collado was killed after suffering a fall while the ship was moored at the Port of Newcastle.

Filipino crews man bulk carriers that are loaded and unloaded at Australia's largest ports, including those in Central Queensland.

Ship worker advocates, federal politicians and maritime experts have raised concerns over the long delay in the incidents being investigated.

A spokeswoman for the NSW Attorney-General's office confirmed no coroner has been appointed but that the case would come before the court again next month.


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