Posted on May 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A CO2 leak onboard the Panamax-class Chinese Bulk Carrier, JIN HAI XIANG has killed 10 people and injured another 19.
The incident occurred during the afternoon of May the 26th, while the vessel was undergoing maintenance work, at the Xixiakou ship repair yard, in Longyan Port, Weihai, Shandong Province, China.
The results of the initial investigation suggest that the accident occurred at approximately 4 pm on Saturday afternoon. Reportedly, the ship’s Third Officer accidentally released CO2 in the fire supressing system that had been undergoing repairs at the time.
According to a statement released by the Weihai local government on Sunday morning, ten people were found dead at the scene and another nineteen had to be rushed to a local hospital.
Thankfully, it would appear that their condition is marked as stable at this time.
The ship’s Third Officer has been detained by the local authorities, as it is believed that his actions were responsible for the incident.
"The police have already detained the relevant person and are still investigating the incident. We will hold the responsible party accountable according to the law,” read a statement by the local government.
An emergency team has been set up by the local authorities in order to fully investigate the cause of the accident.