Explosion at Cochin Shipyard kills five

A major explosion occurred at India’s Cochin Shipyard this morning killing five workers and injuring more than a dozen others.

According to a spokesperson from the shipyard, the explosion took place onboard ONGC’s drillship  Sagar Bhushan which was under repair at the shipyard.

Local police has confirmed that five people died, with smoke inhalation thought to be the main cause of the deaths, while 15 people wounded in the blast were immediately sent to a local hospital. The rescue team is making efforts to evacuate two more workers trapped inside the ship.

Firefighting operations are ongoing and the fire situation has been contained.

Nitin Gadkari, India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, has ordered an investigation into the blast.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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