Two Killed in Gas Leak Aboard Chinese Bulker

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By The Maritime Executive 04-23-2018 01:27:00

[Brief] On Sunday, two crewmembers were killed by an unspecified gas leak aboard the 60,000 dwt bulker Feng Hui Ha. One more was injured and has been hospitalized. 

The Hong Kong-flagged Feng Hui Ha was near Navlakhi, Gujarat at the time of the incident, and was carrying a load of coal. The victims were brought to shore by a tug and taken to a nearby hospital in Jamnagar. Two were declared dead on arrival, according to police spokesman Pradip Sejul, and the third is currently in treatment. 

The deceased were identified as Zhang Baohai, 55, and Dong Kui, 32, and the injured crewmember was identified as Sun Yingdong. All three are Chinese nationals.

The cause of the gas leak is under investigation.

The geared bulker Feng Hui Ha was built last year, and she has no history of inspection deficiencies, according to her Equasis record. She is owned and operated by the bulker division of Chinese shipping conglomerate COSCO.