Five workers died and seven others were injured in a fire accident on a ship that was under repair at Cochin Shipyard (CSL) on Tuesday morning, CSL sources said in a press release.
The incident occurred onboard Sagar Bhushan, an oil rig of ONGC, undergoing repairs at the shipyard. According to CSL sources , an explosion occurred in the forward area of the ship, near to the AC plant.
“Immediately, fire tenders were rushed to the ship along with ambulance. Sagar Bhushan is undergoing repair in the drydock No 1. Immediate instruction was passed on to stop all hot works,” a source said.
Police sources said the incident occurred at around 10 am and smoke inhalation is suspected to be the reason for the casualties.
“The ship, Sagar Bhushan, arrived at Cochin Shipyard on December 7, 2017, for drydock repairs. It was drydocked on January 12, 2018, and it was to be undocked on February 28, 2018. The work completion was scheduled by April 7, 2018,” sources said, adding the incident is being investigated.
The largest public sector shipyard in India in terms of dock capacity caters to the defence as well as commercial sector worldwide.
Apart from the construction of the prestigious indigenous aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy, CSL is also currently building a technology demonstration vessel for the government. It can build ships of up to 110,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) and repair vessels up to 125,000 DWT.
CSL was incorporated in 1972 as a fully-owned government undertaking and was conferred Miniratna-I status in 2008.