Blast Aboard a Chemical Tanker Kills One

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On July 14, a blast onboard a chemical tanker located off Kochi coast claimed the life of one person.

What happened?

The chemical tanker ‘M V Nalini’ was enroute from Mundra Port in Gujarat to Colombo when it caught fire. The blast is suspected to have originated from the engine room of the vessel.

The vessel was transporting naphtha and was anchored 14.5 nautical miles off the coast, 22 people were present onboard the vessel when the incident occurred.

Fire onboard vessel

A fire erupted onboard the vessel, the fire is suspected to have originated from the engine room. The fire was brought under control, there was a blackout on the ship as the power system failed following the explosion and, the propulsion system of the ship was also affected.

22 safe, one person dead

The Southern Naval Command was alerted which launched the ALH to evacuate the injured person and kept a Sea King helicopter ready for further rescue operations. Another naval ship present in the vicinity was dispatched for assistance.

The blast onboard the chemical tanker claimed the life of a person who was identified as 29 year old Yogesh Kanji Solanki. The deceased suffered 99 per cent burn injuries and was evacuated by a Navy Advanced Light Helicopter. However, he died while being shifted to hospital.

An investigation has been initiated to determine the cause of the explosion and the resulting fire.

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Source: New Indian Express

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