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Indian seafarers dead after ship blast in Nigeria

They went missing after an explosion on a cargo ship off Lagos The bodies of three Indian crew members who went missing after an explosion on a cargo ship off Lagos, Nigeria have been recovered, Nigerian officials say.The blast on the MT Jacksonville, carrying 15 Indian crew, occurred on Sunday.Ten crew members were rescued immediately. The bodies of the dead were recovered on Thursday, and two others are still missing.The ship's origin and destination were not immediately clear.Lami Tumaka, spokeswoman for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, told the AFP news agency that the crew was undertaking repair work on the vessel when "there was a big explosion in the engine room" and a fire broke out.The 10 crew members who were rescued on Sunday were treated for "different levels of burns" and released, she said.It is not clear what caused the explosion on the ship.Source: BBC

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Cargo ship explodes in southeast China province

Firefighters are still working to put out the fire A 5,000-tonne cargo vessel exploded Monday night at a shipyard at Pingtan Island, southeast China's Fujian Province.The vessel exploded at 8:35 p.m. when being examined and repaired at Kan'ao Shipyard, Su'ao dock of Pingtan Island.Eight trapped people were rescued. Three firefighters were injured in the search and rescue operation.Firefighters are still working to put out the fire.Source: Xinhua

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Seven killed in boat explosion in Indonesia

The reason are unclear for the blast A patrol boat belonging to the customs office exploded on Friday night in North Sumatra, killing seven officials and seriously injuring two others, rescuer said on Saturday.Head of search and rescue office in North Sumatra Dianta Bangun told Xinhua by phone that the accident at Pantai Labuh beach in Deli Serdang district took place before starting engine. "Four bodies of the officials were found at the site on Friday night, but the other three were recovered on Saturday morning. Two others were being treated in a nearby hospital,"he said.The reason are unclear for the blast which happened as the officials were set to patrol to prevent smuggling, said Bangun.Source: Xinhua

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Cyprus defense minister and national guard chief on Monday resigned

12 people dead and 62 injured Cyprus'defense minister and national guard chief on Monday resigned after a massive explosion that flattened out a naval base and a power generating plant on the island, leaving at least 12 people dead and 62 injured."Defense Minister Costas Papacostas and National Guard Chief Petros Tsalikidis assumed responsibility for this tragic event and have submitted their resignation," said Stefanos Stefanou, the government spokesman.Their resignations have been accepted by President Demetris Christofias,the spokesman told press after an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers.Stefanou confirmed death toll of the massive explosion stood at 12, while 62 people have been hospitalized, two of them in critical condition. Military sources had earlier said that the death toll could be as high as 40. Among the dead are five fire fighters and seven officers and servicemen at the base. A three-day public mourning has been declared for the dead.The fire fighters had been called in the area to douse a bush fire which had broken out in the base some two hours before the explosion occurred at 5:50 a.m. local time (0250 GMT).Outgoing National Guard Chief Petros Tsalikidis had said that there had been explosions in two out of ...

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Explosion at Cyprus Naval Base

10 people are feared to be dead A huge explosion tore through a naval base in southern Cyprus Monday, causing widespread damage, the Defense Ministry said. Around 10 people are feared dead.Spokeswoman Aliki Stylianou could not immediately confirm the cause of the explosion which occured at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base on the Mediterranean island's southern coast at around 6 a.m. (0300GMT).State television CyBC reported that the explosion also caused numerous injuries and extensive damage to homes in villages near the naval base.State radio quoted National Guard Chief Petros Tsalikides who is at the naval base as saying that the explosion caused a "great catastrophe."Video broadcast on CyBC showed numerous damaged cars stopped along a stretch of highway near the naval base. One person who was in one of the cars passing the base at the time of the explosion told CyBC that it felt like "a bomb had been dropped on the car."Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said that a fire at a nearby Vasiliko power station has been contained.Cyprus Electricity Authority official Yiannis Tsouloftas said the power station -- the island's primary electricity generator -- sustained extensive damage as a result of the explosion's concussion wave and will remain ...

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Explosion with fatalities during cargo tank cleaning

Crews are required to take training in tanker operations On a product tanker on a short voyage between two busy ports, the crew started tank cleaning operations. They fitted a water-driven fan to ventilate the tank with plastic ducting extending to the lower portion of the tank. After completing the ventilation, two crew members entered the tank to remove oil cargo residues.There was an explosion which tore away bulkheads to adjoining tanks and ignited the aviation fuel and kerosene slops that were stored in them. The explosion breached the hull in these tanks and the engine room and the ship flooded rapidly, developed a starboard list and sank. The crew escaped by jumping into the sea.Out of a total of 16 crew, seven were rescued by passing ships. Three bodies were recovered from the sea, while a further six crew members are missing, presumed dead. Probable cause/contributory factorsThe source of ignition could not be identified. It was probably either a discharge of static electricity from the crew's winter clothing or from the plastic ventilation ducting, or a friction spark created when an ordinary metal can that was used to carry tools impacted with the tank's internal surfaces;The crew was under ...

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Four people killed in explosion at the Chevron plant in Whales

Firefighters extinguished the fire - any material released pose no health risk to public Four people have been killed in a major explosion at an oil refinery in south-west Wales. It is understood that two petrol tankers collided inside the Chevron plant in Pembroke Dock, Dyfed, on Thursday, killing both the drivers.One of the tankers was completely destroyed in the explosion, according to Mid and West Wales fire and rescue service.Chevron confirmed that the four people who died were contractors and said another worker was receiving treatment in hospital for serious injuries.Greg Hanggi, the refinery general manager, said: "This news is utterly devastating. The loss of our co-workers has come as a huge shock to us all. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to their families. We will ensure that all employees and contractors are fully supported throughout this difficult time."He added: "We will take every step possible to determine the series of events that led to this tragic incident and ensure that any lessons learnt from it will be integrated into the business and shared with our industry partners."Police said the blast appeared to be a "tragic industrial accident". Chief Superintendent Gwyn Thomas of Dyfed Powys police said ...

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Cruise passengers injured as explosion rocks Gibraltar

An explosion at a fuel terminal in the port of Gibraltar Twelve passengers onboard a Royal Caribbean cruiseship have been injured by an explosion at a fuel terminal in the port of Gibraltar.The victims, who received "minor burns and abrasions", were treated onboard the 3,643-berth Independence of the Seas (built 2008) shortly after the disaster began to unfold at around 3:37 pm local time, Royal Caribbean spokesman Cynthia Martinez said Tuesday.In a statement, the company said the vessel retracted its gangway immediately after the blast and moved a safe distance from the dock.The ship did not sustain any "significant damage" and is currently sailing to its next port of call.In an interview with Radio Gibraltar, chief minister Peter Caruanas said the explosion and fire may have been caused by a spark from welding operations but admitted police have not ruled out other possibilities including that of a terrorist attack.According to the AFP news agency, "flames could be seen pouring across the harbour" from a tank containing bunker fuel, "with dense black smoke billowing across the port as firefighters directed jets of water at the blaze."The US cruise giant says the vessel arrived in Gibraltar this morning and had been due ...

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Explosion in Singapore shipyard

Two shipyard workers have been killed An explosion at a shipyard in Singapore occurred on Thursday afternoon, killing at least two people, authorities said.The Civil Defense Force said it received a call about the incident at about 1:20 p.m. in the afternoon, adding that the incident involved a barge undergoing maintenance work at the shipyard.No further details were available at the moment.Local broadcaster Channel NewsAsia quoted witnesses as saying that glass panels were broken at her office across the road. It also caused a ceiling panel to collapse but no one was injured.The witness, who is identified only as Mandy, said the ground shook when the explosion occurred.Another eye witness, Adrian Lee, said he saw people running out after the blast caused a roof to collapse. Lee was at a meeting about four factories away from the explosion site.Source: Xinhua

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Report on the investigation of a fire and explosion on board a bulk carrier

Hotwork not performed in accordance with established safety procedures The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fire and explosion on board a self-unloading (SUL) bulk carrier in western Scotland on 2 July 2010.The fire probably was the result of hotwork recently performed near the cargo conveyor belt. The hotwork was not performed in accordance with established safety procedures. Elements of the conveyor belt are highly flammable.There were no effective means of early detection or containment of the fire, which spread to the engineroom and nearby spaces used for chemical storage. The chemicals exploded, severely damaging the ship.To view the Report please click hereSource: UK Maritime Accident Investigation Branch

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