Tuesday 16th, October 2018
canara news

Five dead in Cochin Shipyard tanker blast, probe ordered

Published On : 13 Feb 2018


Kochi, (IANS) Five persons died and several others were injured in a blast inside the water ballast of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) tanker ship Sagar Bhushan at the Cochin Shipyard here in Kerala on Tuesday.

The Cochin Shipyard management has announced a probe by an internal committee.

The blast occurred at around 9.45 a.m. Nine workers were engaged in welding inside the water ballast when the blast occurred, killing five of them, while four were injured. Of the four, the condition of one worker is serious with 45 per cent burns and is on ventilator support. The condition of the other three is not that serious, officials said.

The tanker ship has dry-docked at the Cochin Shipyard for a month for repairs and maintenance. All the dead are from Kerala.

About 10 workers who were engaged in works away from the water ballast suffered small injuries when splinters from the blast hit them.

Those working on the tanker during the blast included mostly daily wagers and contract workers since Tuesday is a holiday for regular shipyard workers.

Shipyard CMD Madhu S. Nair told the media about the internal probe committee.

"Since we come under the Factories and Broilers Department, their officials will come, besides those from the Director General of Shipping to find out what happened. We do follow stringent safety practices and even today morning (Tuesday), as per the safety protocols, the amount of gas in the water ballast was checked," said Nair.

"Since there was a loud noise, there may be a chance that gas got consolidated in the water ballast since welding is done using two different gases. Every aspect will be probed and all expenses on injured workers met by us," he said.

In a statement, ONGC said "The cause of the incident is being ascertained."

A ballast tank is a compartment within a ship or other floating structure that holds water to provide stability to the vessel.

Kochi City Police Commissioner M.P. Dinesh told the media: "The dead include some who apparently choked on smoke after the explosion."

He also said that a probe had been ordered.

A trade union leader present at a private hospital here said nine injured workers were admitted there.







More News

BJP has 'taken' 2 Goa Congress MLAs: Official
BJP has 'taken' 2 Goa Congress MLAs: Official
No differences, all support Vasundhara in Rajasthan: Javadekar
No differences, all support Vasundhara in Rajasthan: Javadekar
Rahul should apologize, sack Sidhu for his anti-south remarks: BJP
Rahul should apologize, sack Sidhu for his anti-south remarks: BJP

Write your Comments

Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. canaranews.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on CANARANEWS to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using canaranews will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will canaranews.com be held responsible.