Crew Member Dies in Explosion on Bulker off Indonesia

Cape India explosionIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license

A crew member of a Singapore-flagged Capesize bulker was fatally injured in a gas explosion aboard the ship on October 28.

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.

World Maritime News Staff

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