Explosion at Russian yard kills one, wounds three

A shipyard worker died and another three were injured following a blast in the hold of a ship under repair in St Petersburg yesterday.

The accident happened in the morning at Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyards). A total of 75 emergency crew were deployed to the scene.

The names of the victims and the ship have not been released.

Local authorities have begun an investigation into how the accident happened, with a welding error deemed the most likely reason.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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