Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Oxy-Fuel Gas Leak Suspected Cause Of ONGC Explosion

Oxy-Fuel Gas Leak Suspected Cause Of ONGC Explosion

Talking to reporters, the Minister said there was an explosion but there was no sign of fire inside the ship.

The shipyard has already constituted a committee to look into the incident and the State government has also taken action on its part.

"Police is also taking all steps. All treatment expenses of the injured will be met by the company as per its existing policies", said a statement by the Cochin Shipyard. "The probable location of the explosion was identified based on the nature of the deflections on the bulkheads (steel walls) and the damage extant observed during the inspection", read a statement by CSL on Wednesday.

"Since we come under the Factories and Broilers Department, their officials will come, besides those from the Director General of Shipping to find out what happened".

"We suspect the cause of explosion to be gas entrapment, oxygen or acetylene, in various pockets of the 237-cubic meter capacity tank".

However, he denied blaming the CSL for the mishap inside ONGC drilling ship 'Sagar Bhushan at the drydock killing five workers and injuring seven. The leak was from the AC plant near the ballast tank. An amount of Rs 25,000 was disbursed as immediate incidental expenses to the families of the deceased.

During the interaction with the unions and associations, the Minister and the CMD of Cochin Shipyard assured adequate support to all the affected families.

He appreciated the efforts taken by the CSL management in reaching out to the families of the deceased and for promptly announcing the ex gratia compensation to their kith and kin.

Principal Officer (I/C) Mercantile Marine Department under the DG Shipping, Ajithkumar Sukumaran said its investigation will cover all aspects including lapses that had occurred in conducting mandatory safety and security checks before commencing the repairing job.

The tanker ship has dry-docked at the Cochin Shipyard for a month for repairs and maintenance. Work completion was scheduled by April 7, 2018.

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