India Blast Onboard Docked ONGC Vessel At Cochin Shipyard, 5 Dead

13:36  13 february  2018
13:36  13 february  2018 Source:   NDTV

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A fire has been reported onboard Sagar Bhushan, a drill vessel at Cochin Shipyard leaving at least five dead and several injured. The ship is owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ( ONGC ) and had been docked at the yard for maintenance work. The blast reportedly took place inside the

The explosion occurred in a ballast tank in the forward part of the drill ship , which has been dry- docked at the yard for nearly two months now.

  Blast Onboard Docked ONGC Vessel At Cochin Shipyard, 5 Dead © NDTV

At least five persons died and 11 people were injured in a fire accident at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala this morning.

According to sources in the shipyard, a blast was heard from a docked vessel, Sagar Bhushan, around 10 am, when around 20 people were working in the ship. The blast took place in the tank of the ship, which is owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. The drilling vessel was being repaired at the dry dock of the shipyard.

Those working at the time of the blast mostly included daily labourers and contract workers. Tuesday being a holiday, no regular workers of the shipyard were present.

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Cochin shipyard fire: The ship is owned by the ONGC and had been docked at the yard for maintenance work. At least five people were killed and several injured on Tuesday after a fire broke out onboard Sagar Bhushan, a drill vessel at Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (Express Photo by Prakash

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Police sources say for now, the situation at the shipyard in under control.

A detailed inquiry will be required to find out what caused the fire and the blast. "Preliminary inquiry suggests that the deaths happened due to intense smoke," police sources said.

The shipyard in Kochi -- which started operations in 1978 --is India's oldest and largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility.

Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has ordered an inquiry into the blast. "I have spoken to MD, Cochin Shipyard and asked him to provide all necessary medical support to (the) victims and to initiate immediate inquiry with the help of concerned agencies," Mr Gadkari was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

A tweet from the minister read, "Shocked by the unfortunate blast at Cochin Shipyard where four people have died. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families".

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