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Explosion on bulk carrier kills seven in Morocco

04 June 2024

Seven people were killed in an explosion on a bulk carrier off the coast of Morocco on 30 May. Officials said the incident happened just after 10:00 local time aboard a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier that was anchored eight miles from the Port of Jorf Lasfar.

Port of Jorf Lasfar - Image: Wikimedia/User:Josiane P
Port of Jorf Lasfar - Image: Wikimedia/User:Josiane P

A rescue operation began immediately after crewmembers of the Toro Rosso reported an explosion. The blast resulted in a fire breaking out in the vessel’s engine room. Three bodies were initially received from the ship while over a dozen injured crewmembers were evacuated to shore. Four of the crew died from their injuries in hospital while the others were treated in hospital.

A total of 28 crewmembers had been onboard the Toro Rosso while it awaited clearance to berth at the port in order to load phosphate fertiliser. Moroccan officials have not released further details about the incident, but confirmed an investigation was underway to determine the circumstances leading up to the explosion.

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