Explosion on drillship kills five people
Tuesday morning five workers were killed and 12 were injured as the result of an explosion and fire on the drillship Sagar Bhushan. The explosion took place in a ballast tank during maintenance work at Cochin Shipyard, a large government owned shipyard in Kerala, India.
"I am shocked by the unfortunate explosion at Cochin Shipyard, that has caused the life of several workers. I send my deeply sympathetic condolences to deprived families," said India's maritime minister Nitin Gadkari on social media.
According to the shipyard, the heavy smoke delayed the rescue effort, but the fire was brought under control. The injured workers were taken to a nearby hospital, of which four of these victims were in critical condition. The first reports of the scene indicate that the five deaths were due to smoke poisoning and heavy heat in the small space.
India's government owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) runs the drillship Sagar Bhushan. The drillship underwent repairs in Cochin as part of its five-year inspection, according to ONGC. The company has since stated that the cause of the incident is being investigated.
Source: Maritime Executive / Maritime Denmark