The Shipbreaking Platform NGO has reported that three workers were killed and at least six had been injured following a toxic gas leak at a tanker in Chattogram, Bangladesh.
On 31 July 2019, the tragic event took place at MAK Corporation’s shipbreaking yard in Chittagong.
After inhaling toxic smoke, the three people died of the gas leak, confirmed the Dhaka Tribune by the Sitakunda Police station.
The gas leaked when employees— with no masks of gas — cut the tube in the engine room of the ship, according to local reports.
This vessel is owned by Indonesia’s Waruna Nusa-Sentana 27,450 GT Medelin Atlas. Earlier this year, VesselsValue’s information indicates that the tanner MR2 had been renamed and sold for demolition.
Bangladeshi authorities have initiated an inquiry into this incident.
Only a few days ago, when the employee was stripping a ship owned by Taiwanese maritime business Evergreen Marine, an event took his life at a ship-ridden yard in Chittagong. When he dropped from a huge height, he was cutting the Ever Union container ship at Kabir Steel in Khawja Yard.
These events represent the general dire circumstances of work and poor recycling of ships at shipbreaking yards in the country. Although the Bangladeshi beach yards are in bad circumstances, ship owners continue to sell their vessels there to raise their ships ‘ prices.