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Port worker dies when crane catches fire while unloading coal at Kolkata

A port worker died on Saturday when a fire broke out on the mobile harbour crane he was operating caught fire at the Indian port of Haldia, Kolkata.

The crane was operating at berth 13 unloading coal from 2010-built bulk carrier Pella on Saturday morning around 8:30am when the fire broke out. The crane operator was initially stuck on the crane, and managed to later jump to safety however succumbed to injuries while in hospital.

Port workers and the local fire brigade brought the fire under control by midday. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

The vessel, owned by Greece’s Hydroussa Navigation according to Equasis, appeared to suffer damage from the fire and this morning left the terminal to anchor off Haldia.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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