Fire rips through DSME

Seven people were injured this morning when a serious fire broke out at a drydock in South Korea. A pair of VLGCs were in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s eighth drydock when the fire started at around 0900 local time.

Initial speculation suggests the fire was caused by a welder working on the inside of one of the VLGCs. The fire spread rapidly sending huge plumes of smoke into the sky. The local fire department spent most of the day tackling the blaze.

It remains unclear the extent of the damage to the pair of ships, and the drydock.

For DSME, which is in financial trouble and facing restructuring, the timing of this accident could not be worse.

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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