A Filipino crewman on a logging ship at Port of Tauranga was last night in intensive care with serious lacerations after a crane-operated winch wire struck him across his chest and neck.
Mount Maunganui St John Ambulance operations team manager Gary Bishell said the 42-year-old crewman working on the Nordic Visby about 5.30am yesterday was operating a winch when an apparent mechanical fault resulted in the winch cable catching him across his body.
Mr Bishell said it was unclear whether the ship was being loaded or unloaded but the man, who was conscious and talking, was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition about 6am.
A Tauranga Hospital spokesperson confirmed last night the crewman remains in the hospital's intensive care unit in a serious but stable condition.
Maritime New Zealand spokesperson Steve Rendle said an investigator flew from Wellington yesterday. It was too early to comment further on the incident.
A woman from the Tauranga shipping agent, who did not wish to be named, said the ship owners were co-operating with the inquiry and the crewman's family had been told.
The United Kingdom-owned Nordic Visby arrived in Tauranga at 2.12am yesterday from Napier, and was scheduled to depart for Lanshan, China on May 19.