Crewman on log vessel at Gisborne's port killed after wire rope snaps

A crewman on board a Panama-flagged log vessel was fatally injured in Gisborne early this morning.

St Johns ambulance. Source: 1 NEWS

The man, 50, was seriously injured after a wire rope parted while he was tying logs to the deck of the Panamanian-flagged ship Coresky OL just before 2am, Eastland Port said in a statement.

Log loading had been completed at 9pm yesterday.

An ambulance arrived at the scene within several minutes, but the crewman could not be saved, and he died of his injuries in hospital.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crewman’s family and his crew mates, who will be deeply affected by this tragedy," Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said.

Maritime New Zealand are on site at Eastland Port as they carry out an on-ship investigation.

The vessel will be held in the port until the investigation is completed.

Wharfside operations have been temporarily suspended.