Two dead in tanker explosion at Duisburg shipyard

Two dead in tanker explosion at Duisburg shipyard

At least two people were killed by an explosion and fire onboard the inland tanker Julius Rütgers at the Duisburg shipyard this morning.

The two workers died while loading the tanker, according to local media reports. A search operation is reportedly underway to find a missing third employee and any other victims. The operation has involved 50 rescue vehicles and one police helicopter.

The explosion is believed to have come from at least one of the vessel’s cargo tanks, which were empty at the time of the explosion. A leftover gas mixture in the tanks is thought to have ignited and caused the blast. The fire has since been extinguished.

 

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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