Explosion kills four at STX’s main yard in South Korea

Four subcontractors were killed at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding’s main yard in Jinhae, South Korea near midday on Sunday. The workers were busy spray painting the inside of a tank on a 74,000 product tanker, due for imminent delivery to a Greek owner, when an explosion ripped through the confined space.

The ship is meant to deliver to Andriaki Shipping this October.

Another four men working in the same tank survived the blast.

For STX, the accident is a severe blow. It has only just exited court rehabilitation and kick started marketing for new orders after a very difficult six years where it came close to extinction.

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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