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Explosion at Indian shipyard kills five workers

15 February 2018

Five workers were reportedly killed and twelve others seriously injured following an explosion at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala. According to Indian news sources, the explosion happened on the morning of February 13 as a ship being repaired there caught fire.

Image: CSL
Image: CSL

The Hindu reported that the fire broke out in a ballast tank of the ONGC-owned drillship Sagar Bhushan, which has been in dry dock at the yard for maintenance work for nearly two months.

The Indian Express said the blast came after a gas leakage as cutting and welding work was being carried out around the potable water tank of the ship.

Reuters said that all those originally trapped in the ship have been evacuated, and that the situation had since been brought under control.

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