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Three injured in Malaysia tanker vessel explosion 14 March 2018

Two dock workers were critically injured in a deck explosion and fire on a product tanker in Kalimantan, Malaysia, on March 13. The vessel’s captain was also injured, but less seriously, according to local news sources. The 6,500-dwt tanker, Dongfang Glory, was built in 2010 and is owned by Grolite Shipping of Malaysia....

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Texas gas explosion that killed child blamed on steel domestic supply pipes deformed by clay soils 02 March 2018

Atmos Energy announced on March 1 that it would shut down the natural gas system in an area of Dallas where a house explosion killed a 12-year-old girl, and where several fires and gas leaks have occurred. The company blamed leaks on the deformation of old steel pipes as clay soils surrounding them took up water in heavy rain or dried out in drought conditions....

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Mexico ferry explosion injures 25 23 February 2018

At least 25 people were injured when a ferry exploded alongside a pier in Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Caribbean coast. Local officials said 20 Mexicans, three Canadians and two Americans were injured in the incident on February 21, but that none of the injuries were life-threatening....

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Royal Navy bomb disposal team detonates wartime device found in River Thames 15 February 2018

UK Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have destroyed a 500kg Second World War bomb found in the River Thames on February 11. The historic ordnance was found in the George V Dock during pre-planned construction work near London City Airport on the morning. After examination, the device was confirmed as a 500kg tapered end shell measuring 1.5m in length. ...

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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....

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US Administration to repeal most Obama-era methane leak regulations 13 February 2018

The US Interior Department said on February 12 it would replace regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands introduced in 2016 by the Obama administration. New rules will replace the 2016 regulations with requirements similar to those in force before the changes of two years ago....

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Tanker with 22 crew goes missing in pirate-infested African waters 05 February 2018

A Hong-Kong managed tanker with a crew of 22 and a cargo of 13,500 tonnes of petrol is missing in the Gulf of Guinea after contact was lost off Benin on February 2, owners Anglo-Eastern said in a statement. The cause of the loss of communication with the vessel, the Marine Express, was unknown and a search was under way with help from Nigerian and Beninese authorities, the company said....

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Three cleared of negligence in Canada railway disaster 24 January 2018

On January 19, a Canadian court cleared three railway workers of criminal negligence in one of the country's worst train disasters, which killed 47 people in the eastern Quebec town of Lac-Megantic in 2013. Former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MM&A) train conductor Thomas Harding, operations manager Jean Demaitre, and railway traffic controller Richard Labrie faced 47 counts of criminal negligence - one for each death....

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Three killed, several injured in Kentucky boat yard explosion 22 January 2018

An explosion on a tugboat docked for repairs in on the Tennessee River in Kentucky killed three people and injured several others on January 19, a Kentucky State Police spokesperson said. Dozens of people were either aboard the boat or at the site when the explosion occurred, and there was no early indication of foul play, he added....

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UK tanker confirmed taken by pirates off West Africa - Updated 17 January 2018

UK-based tanker owner and operator Union Maritime confirmed on January 17 one of its vessels, MT Barrett, had been the subject of a pirate attack. The vessel was last reported to be at anchor off Benin, West Africa, on January 9. The company said it had alerted the local authorities and was now exploring all possible options to ensure the safety and recovery of the 22 crew members....

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