Gadani tanker fire death toll climbs

Gadani tanker fire death toll climbs

The death toll has climbed to 18 following yesterday’s massive explosion on a beached tanker at the Gadani ship recycling area in Pakistan, a figure that is sadly like to rise further. Another 65 are injured, many with severe burns, and more than 50 workers remain unaccounted for.

Welders working the ship tapped into a gas tank, leading to an explosion that quickly became a massive blaze, trapping many workers inside the ship.

The ship was still ablaze today despite many more firefighters being drafted in.

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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