At least five workers were killed and several injured in a blast onboard Sagar Bhushan, a drill vessel at Cochin Shipyard. The incident was reported on Tuesday morning when the blast took place inside the water tank of the ship. The ship is owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and had been docked at the yard for maintenance work. According to reports, two people are still stuck inside the vessel and the rescue operations are on to save them.
The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained. 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. “The explosion happened at the ship’s dry dock. Smoke is being cited as the main reason for the deaths. Details of those injured are awaited,” City Police Commissioner said. The two killed in the accident have been identified as Kevin and Ramshad. Union Minister of Shipping and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari has directed MD Cochin Shipyard to provide all medical support to victims and initiate an inquiry into the incident.
#UPDATE Five dead, three injured after explosion due to fire on-board a ship, that was in dry docks. Fire under control after Naval fire tenders were pressed into service.
— ANI (@ANI) February 13, 2018
More details are awaited