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Large oil spill off Borneo coast ignites and kills at least four [Updated] 03 April 2018

An Indonesian oil company has denied responsibility for a 4km-long oil slick off the coast of Borneo, which appears to be spreading and contaminating new stretches of coastline and local fisheries. At least four fishermen died in Balikpapan Bay on March 31 when part of the slick ignited. A fifth fisherman is missing....

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Three killed in north China factory explosion 03 April 2018

Three people died and three others were injured when an explosion hit a workshop of an aluminum company on April 3 in north China's Shanxi Province. The blast happened in the early morning at Yunhai aluminum company in Yongji City, according to Xinhua....

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Vietnam scraps new offshore oil project under pressure from China 26 March 2018

Vietnam has cancelled a major oil project in the South China Sea for the second time in a year in the face of Chinese pressure. State-owned PetroVietnam ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend planned operations in the Red Emperor field in Vietnam’s economic zone after coming under pressure from the Vietnamese Government, itself under pressure from China, according to a BBC report....

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China says workplace safety improved in 2017 14 March 2018

China saw fewer work-related accidents and fatalities last year as government regulators strengthened inspections and penalties. Still, there are more potential safety hazards as the economy develops and urbanization continues, the country’s work safety authority said....

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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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Government orders operator to partially halt Taiwan refinery after blast and fire 14 March 2018

Taiwan’s government has ordered state-run refiner CPC Corp to partially suspend operations at a refinery in the southern city of Kaohsiung after an explosion and fire on March 10 injured three workers. CPC said it would resume full production at the plant by end-March after a review by the government....

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China chemical plant explosion kills four, injures six 05 February 2018

Four people died and six were injured after an explosion ripped through a chemical plant on February 3 in east China's Shandong Province, local authorities said. The blast occurred at the Jinshan Chemical Plant Co. in an economic development zone in Linshu County while maintenance work was under way, according to the county government....

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Iranian oil tanker explodes and sinks after eight days ablaze in East China Sea 15 January 2018

An Iranian tanker carrying ultra-light crude oil to South Korea has sunk in the East China Sea, more than a week after its collision with a cargo ship 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai, China's Ministry of Transport said on January 14. Shanghai Marine Search and Rescue Centre confirmed that the oil tanker Sanchi sank about 150 nautical miles from its initial collision point with the Panamax dry bulk carrier CF Crystal....

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Automation of ammunition production in China could triple output and reduce fatal accidents 09 January 2018

Artificial intelligence and robotics could triple China’s production of bombs and shells by 2028, according to a senior scientist involved in the program to boost ammunition productivity quoted by the South China Morning Post. The scientist told the Hong Kong newspaper that smart machines have begun replacing workers in a quarter of the country’s ammunition and ordnance f...

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Iranian oil tanker on fire in East China Sea - 32 crew missing 09 January 2018

On January 9, the stricken Iranian tanker Sanchi was still ablaze some 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai three days after fire broke out on the vessel after a collision with a grain carrier. Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to douse the flames and locate its missing crew. ...

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