Posted on January 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
An explosion occurred aboard the Hong Kong-flagged, Aframax class crude oil tanker, LR2 Poseidon, killing two workers, and injuring another 11.
The incident took place at approximately 4 pm in the evening of January the 28th.
The Poseidon was moored in the Tuzla ship repair yard in Turkey and was in the process of undergoing maintenance repairs at the time.
According to local reports, the explosion originated in the ship’s boiler room, triggering a fire onboard the vessel.
It took 110 firefighters the better part of three hours to put out the fire.
Reportedly, the fire was difficult to extinguish and required the use of specialized equipment.
Unfortunately, the explosion claimed the lives of two shipyard workers, and the subsequent fire injured 11 more.
The injured workers were transported to local hospitals in order to receive treatment. They all had various degrees of burns across their bodies due to the fire.
Little is known as to the cause of the fire. Local authorities in Istanbul have opened an investigation into the incident.
According to the owner of the vessel, the ship did not receive significant damage and is still considered to be in service.
The 2009-built LR2 Poseidon is owned by the Hong Kong based, South Korean shipping company, Cido Shipping.
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