Fire on tanker kills five workers at ASL Marine yard in Batam

Singapore’s ASL Marine Holdings says that a fire on a tanker at its shipyard in Batam, Indonesia on Thursday has killed five workers.

The fire started in the pump room of a tanker that was being repaired in one of the dry docks, and while the fire was confined to just the pump room it led to the death of five workers and injured another. ASL said all of the workers were employees of a subcontractor.

Damage to the tanker is not believed to be significant, and initial investigations suggest there was no explosion.

“We are saddened by this incident and the loss of lives, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. As a matter of priority, we will be working diligently together with our subcontractor to help the affected workers and their families and are rendering the necessary assistance to them,” the company said in a statement.

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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