Explosion on under repair ship in Cochin Shipyard; Centre seeks report

Kochi: The Centre Wednesday sought a report from the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on the explosion and fire on an under repair ONGC drill ship, which claimed five lives.

Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan visited the shipyard this morning and took track of the situation on board “SagarBhushan,” a day after the ONGC ship was hit by the explosion while it was undergoing repair.

“The Honble Minister instructed CSL to conduct a thorough investigation and ascertain the root cause and report the details to Ministry of Shipping,” a CSL statement said here.

Talking to reporters, the Minister said there was an explosion but there was no sign of fire inside the ship. He said the CSL has begun a high level internal inquiry into the incident. Technical investigations are being carried out by DG Shipping and Factories and Boilers Department.

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