Two people have died and three were injured following a blast onboard a Gearbulk ship in Brazil on Monday.
The cause of the explosion on the 43,000-dwt open-hatch carrier Auk Arrow(built 1984) at a Rio de Janeiro shipyard is as yet unknown.
All five people affected by the blast at around 22:15 local time on Monday were yard workers at the Enavi Shipyard, a joint statement from owner Gearbulk and Norwegian manager Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi read.
Three people were hospitalised with one seriosuly injured. The other two have suffered burn and leg injuries, the statement added.
“A combined search and rescue operation was carried out by the ship staff along with Enavi Shipyard safety personnel including doctors, but regretfully one person was found dead and another person was declared dead upon arrival at hospital,” the statement continued.
“Three other persons were conscious and able to speak when taken out from the water ballast tank. One with critical injuries was taken directly to the hospital, whilst two other were given first aid onboard and later taken to hospital.
“The local police have attended and all the appropriate authorities will be notified of the incident including the Bahamas as flag state.”
The Auk Arrow had arrived at the Brazilian facility on 25 July to undergo repairs to the ballast water tanks. It is classed by DNV and has P&I cover with Gard of Norway.