DSME death toll rises to two

Two workers have been confirmed dead after a fire ripped through Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME) Okpo Shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea.

A 39-year-old worker was found dead in one of the fuel tanks of an 84,000-dwt LPG carrier, which was under construction at the shipyard, reports say.

Another 30-year-old victim was found dead later after being reported missing earlier in the day.

The owner of the vessel has not yet been confirmed, but shipping databases suggest the vessel could be one of those under construction for BW Gas.

Some 47 workers had been working on the vessel at the time of the accident, firefighters told Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

A welding spark is believed to have started the fire inside the vessel, the firefighters said.

Seven workers were hospitalised for smoke inhalation, and another 38 are confirmed to be unharmed.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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