Crew member dies in ship explosion off Indonesia

Crew member dies in ship explosion off Indonesia

 

A crew member of a Singapore-flagged Capesize bulker has died as a result of a gas explosion aboard the ship off Indonesia on Monday.

The 2014-built Cape India was transiting Makassar Strait at the time of the explosion, according to local reports.

The injured seafarer, reported to be of Chinese nationality, was transferred by a rescue boat to a hospital in Indonesia’s Balikpapan but was subsequently declared dead.

The 187,900 dwt ship is said to have resumed its voyage to Australia on October 29. Available AIS data shows that the Cape India is underway using its own engine with an estimated time of arrival on November 1.

The cause of the explosion and eventual damage it caused on the ship remain unknown.

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