Four port workers and a port paramedic died after entering cargo holds filled with Palm Kernel.
Aggregates Carrier, Sumiei was docked at Banjarmasin port, south Kalimantan, overnight on Saturday 24th February.
Dockers went into the hold shortly after hatches were open, ignoring the crew’s warnings that the holds are to be ventilated for some hours before anyone should enter.
All 5 were immediately taken to hospital but died from Hypoxia. An investigation has been launched in to suspected negligence.
Palm kernel cargo hazards include oxygen depletion:
Oxygen depletion and high carbon monoxide levels present a serious risk to the safety of anyone entering the cargo spaces. It is necessary to undertake extensive ventilation and gas monitoring to ensure safe working conditions prior to entering the cargo spaces or accesses. [Source: Gard]
Aggregates carrier SUMIEI, IMO 8718689, dwt 1196, built 1987, flag Indonesia, manager Indo Shipping PT, Jakarta.