Five killed, three injured in fire incident onboard a ship

Five killed, three injured in fire incident onboard a ship

The vessel was being repaired at the dry dock of the shipyard.

At least five workers were killed and 12 others seriously injured in a blast on an ONGC drill ship, Sagar Bhushan, that was under fix at the Cochin Shipyard here on Tuesday, according to reports.

Nitin Gadkari, India's Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, has ordered an investigation into the blast.

According to the sources the blast sound came from the docked vessel, Sagar Bhushan when there were around 20 people working on the ship. Nine workers were engaged in welding inside the water ballast when the blast occurred, killing five of them, while four were injured.


Thick fumes after the explosion reportedly hampered initial stages of operations by the Fire and Rescue Services personnel. City Police Commissioner M P Dinesh said the fire at the blast site has been doused completely. In the case of Sagar Bhushan, Mr. Nair said both had been obtained on Tuesday as well. The explosion occurred in a "localised area" and therefore there is no major damage to the ship, CSL officials said. "Only a detailed probe will expose lapses, if any, in the standard operating procedure", Nair said.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his grief over the deaths. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families.

Like any other day, a ship was under fix at the Cochin Shipyard Limited with the workers onboard. She was drydocked on January 12 and is set to be undocked later this month.

"CSL places health, safety and environment (HSE) as one of its core value in operations", the company said.

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