LOW-SKILLED foreign workers employed on the Inpex gas project could create another environmental disaster like the Montara oil spill, the Maritime Union of Australia claims.
Acting national secretary for the union Ian Bray said companies bidding for work on the Inpex project have applied to the Territory Government to have foreign maritime certificates recognised as equivalent to Australian training.
But he could not name a company that is trying have foreign marine workers’ qualifications recognised.
“We are still following that up ourselves we need to make sure,” he said.
Mr Bray said low-skilled workers on off-shore vessels increased the risk of another environmental disaster like the Montara oil spill when up 1500 barrels of oil a day spewed into the Timor Sea for 75 days in 2009.