Tragedy Strikes at Chennai Port: Fatal Fire Erupts on Oil Tanker During Repairs

One Worker Dead, Three Injured in Maritime Incident Triggered by Gas Pipeline Rupture

Port of Chennai


In a tragic incident at the Port of Chennai in India, one worker lost their life, and three others sustained injuries as a massive fire engulfed an oil products tanker. The calamity transpired during repair operations conducted by the vessel’s crew, leading to a rupture in a gas pipeline and subsequent ignition.

The ill-fated event unfolded as the workers utilized a gas cutter in an attempt to remove a bolt and conduct repairs in proximity to the vessel’s engine. According to reports from the Press Trust of India (PTI), the sparks emanating from the gas cutter inadvertently fell onto the gas pipeline, triggering the devastating fire.

Regrettably, Sagaya Thangaraj, actively engaged in the repair work, succumbed to the incident on site. His companions, Joswa, Pushpalingam, and Rajesh, suffered severe injuries and were promptly transported to Kilpakkam Government Medical College Hospital in the city, where they are presently undergoing intensive care treatment.

The vessel involved in the accident is identified as the MT Patriot, an oil tanker based in Odisha. It had arrived at the Coastal Work Place within the Chennai Port Complex for repair activities on October 31st. The Chennai Port Police has initiated a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, aiming to ascertain the factors contributing to the tragic occurrence.

This unfortunate event underscores the critical importance of stringent safety measures and protocols in maritime operations, with authorities diligently working to determine the root cause of the accident to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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