A dock worker died on Wednesday morning inside the hold of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Hanjin Sines while moored in the outer port of Ferrol, Spain for unloading.
The victim is a Spanish 57-year-old man from Ferrol, employed with the stevedore company at the port.
According to local newpaper La Voz de Ferrol, the worker was supposed to conduct a cleanup of the vessel.
However, the worker entered by mistake a compartment that was not available for cleanup as it had a high concentration of carbon dioxide that proved lethal for the worker.
The cause of death, as informed by local medical services, could either be inhalation of carbon dioxide or a fall triggered by the inhalation that resulted in the man’s fainting.
Results of the autopsy are pending.
World Maritime News Staff