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Four killed in explosion at South Korean shipyard

21 August 2050

Four workers were killed in an explosion at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding plant in Changwon, South Korea, fire authorities said on August 20. The blast occurred as workers carried out painting work inside a 12-metre-deep tank in a 74,000-ton oil tanker. According to the Korea Herald, the tanker is on order from Greek company Andriaki Shipping and is due for delivery in O

The company said a safety maintenance manager gave the go-ahead for the painting job as part of normal safety procedures and that no flammable operations were being conducted in the vicinity. The deceased were employees of a subcontractor and were wearing protective gear, the company said.

Local police and fire authorities said they are currently investigating the details of the accident, including the cause.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is situated in Changwon, Gyeongsang Province, and builds small to medium-sized vessels.

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