Five people were killed and seven injured in a major fire onboard ‘Sagar Bhushan’, an oil rig of ONGC, undergoing repairs at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on Tuesday.
The deceased have been identified as Senior Fireman of CSL, Unnikrishnan, Safety Assistant of CSL, Gevin Reji and General Workers (on contract) Jayan KB, Kannan MV and Ramshad MM.
Three workers sustained grievous injuries and are undergoing treatment at local hospital. They have been identified as Shreeroop PT, Abhilash T and Jason Verghese. Four other injured persons have been discharged from the hospital.
“At around 9:15 am, CSL received an emergency call about gas leakage near the AC compartment area of the ship in drydock No 1. While instructions were issued to cease ongoing works, an explosion took place in the forward area of ship, near to the AC plant,” a spokesperson of CSL informed Sea News.
Firemen onboard the ship immediately started firefighting and the fire tenders joined with them for the fire fighting from the Aft area. Others continued firefighting from the forward hatch and after a couple of hours the situation was brought under control.
CSL Chairman and Managing Director visited the deceased in the hospital and assured that the family of deceased will be adequately compensated in line with the policy of the company. Senior civil and police officials are on the ground and monitoring the relief and emergency works.
“An immediate ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the kith and kin of the deceased has been promised by the company. All treatment expenses of the injured will be met by CSL,” the company said.
The Ship Sagar Bhushan arrived at Cochin Shipyard on December 7, 2017 for drydock repairs. It was drydocked on January 12 and it was scheduled to be undocked on February 28. The work completion was scheduled by April 7.
Sea News, February 13