A MAN who died after a workplace accident on board a bulk carrier in the Port of Portland on Monday is believed to have been crushed by a large moving gantry as he was climbing down from a hatch.
The 22-year-old man fell more than 10 metres and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to Portland hospital in a critical condition.
However he died while being treated.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is investigating the death because the accident occurred on board a ship.
Victoria Police is also preparing a report for the coroner.
The dead man was a Chinese national and the ship had sailed from China to Portland where it was offloading paper pulp and loading aluminium ingots.
Investigators have had to overcome a language barrier to gather details about the accident.
An AMSA spokeswoman said it was working with Victorian police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident on board Toucan Arrow at Portland on Monday morning.
The spokeswoman said the investigation was ongoing and it would provide more information when the investigation was complete.