Explosion kills one, injures four on Heung-A ship

One Burmese seafarer died and another four were injured when a fire led to an explosion on a Korean-registered ship off Penang in Malaysia last night.

A gas canister exploded onboard the Heung-A Pioneer. Paramedics were deployed to the scene, but one seafarer died straight away after the explosion.

“The captain of the ship revealed that the fire started from the middle of the ship’s deck which in turn caused the explosion,” a local official from Penang port said.

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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