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Methane explosion injures 6 in Hải Phòng

Update: July, 15/2016 - 17:20
The ship was anchored at Tư Long Port when the explosion occurred. – VNA/VNS Photo
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HẢI PHÒNG — A methane explosion on a ship in northern Hải Phòng City injured six workers this morning.

The explosion occurred at around 10am on the Toàn Thắng ship while it was anchored at Tư Long Port in Hồng Bàng District.

Ngô Thanh Phong, director of the Bình An Shipbuilding Company, said their workers were working below deck when the accident occurred.

“They were cleaning the lower decks, where the oil is kept. While they were cutting into a steel bar, some leftover methane exploded,” Phong said.

He said the ship belonged to Thái Bình Province-based Southeast Petroleum Joint Stock Company, which had signed a contract with his company on July 4 to have the ship repaired and cleaned.

Bình An Shipbuilding Company and its labour union will provide financial aid to the injured workers, he said.

A worker who witnessed the accident said the six workers had sustained injuries to their faces, arms, legs and necks. They were sent to a local hospital and then transferred to the National Institute of Burns in Hà Nội for treatment. — VNS

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