Explosion erupted onboard CSSC Shipping bulker near Gibraltar
On Friday, an explosion occurred on board a Hong Kong-flagged capesized bulk carrier at Gibraltar Port, resulting in four crew members being injured.
According to local sources, the explosion appeared to have occurred in the forecast area of the Cape Town 2020-built 120,600 dwt CSSC carrying coal.
A total of four crew members in the incident suffered injuries. Two of them were treated on board, and the other two were transported by helicopter to the local hospital in Seville, suffering from extreme burns.
The anchor equipment of the vessel was damaged in the incident and is unable to anchor. It is currently awaiting the arrival of additional crew to fill the positions of those who have been injured. The Gibraltar Port Authority is monitoring the ship's condition closely.
“The vessel is stable and fully operational with the exception of its anchor equipment….The GPA will continue to work with the ship’s crew and its agents to assist in repairs, provisioning, and if possible, anchoring,” Gibraltar Port Authority stated.
Investigations into the cause of the incident have been launched by the local police.
Maritime Business World