Gas leak kills one, injures three

A seafarer of a Vietnamese general cargo vessel was killed, while three others hospitalised after inhaling toxic fumes following a gas leak in the ship’s rice storage room.

The injured trio were rushed to a hospital after the ship arrived at Kota Kinabalu Port in Malaysia on Sunday. The Vimaru Pearl belongs to Haiphong-based Eastern Dragon Shipping. The ship was en route to the Philippines when it diverted to Malaysia with the medical emergency. The port deployed a hazardous material team to monitor the situation and to neutralise the leaked gas.

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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