Five confirmed dead following latest fire at Gadani

Five workers have been confirmed dead after yet another fatal fire ripped through a ship at Pakistan’s ship dismantling centre of Gadani. The fire yesterday happened on the same LPG carrier which caught fire after an explosion last month.

Police have arrested Rizwan Diwan Farooqi, chairman of the Pakistan Ship-Breaking Association and the owner of the yard where the accident happened.

The latest incident is the third in under three months at the yard, the most serious of which occurred in November when a fire broke out on an FSO at Gadani raging for four days and killing a confirmed 26 people with more still unaccounted for.

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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