One Dead After a Gas Explosion on Capesize Vessel


According to a Lloyd’s List article, a gas explosion on a capesize vessel in Indonesian waters has claimed one life. 

What happened?

The vessel was sailing from China to Australia when the incident occurred during a routine gas charging operation.

The crew member of a Singapore-flagged Capesize bulker was fatally injured in a gas explosion aboard the ship on October 28.

The 2014-built Cape India was transiting Makassar Strait at the time of the explosion, according to local reports.

Injured Transferred To Hospital

The injured seafarer, reported to be of Chinese nationality, was transferred by a rescue boat to a hospital in Indonesia’s Balikpapan but was subsequently declared dead.

Vessel Resumed Voyage

The 187,900 dwt ship is said to have resumed its voyage to Australia on October 29. Available AIS data shows that the Cape India is underway using its own engine with an estimated time of arrival on November 1.

Explosion Cause Unknown

The cause of the explosion and eventual damage it caused on the ship remain unknown.

Investigation Ordered

U-Ming Marine of Taiwan says it will be launching a full investigation into the incident on board the 2014-built Cape India.

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Source: Lloyd’s List