Further to the information provided by the CMD, CSL in the interactions with the press and the press release issued by the company on 13 Feb 18, the following updates on the accident that occurred on board MODU Sagar Bhushan is provided.
a) The Director, Factories & Boilers has visited the spot and recorded his observations. As per the preliminary assessment, the accident has been caused by a momentary explosion of high impact that has occurred near the A/C plant, which is situated above the Ballast Tank. The probable location of the explosion was identified based on the nature of the deflections on the bulkheads (Steel walls) and the damage extent observed during the inspection.
b) The site of the accident has been cordoned off and is being investigated by the forensic department of the Police Department.
The company clarified that the source of gas leakage and the reason for the explosion is yet to be confirmed and the same would be clarified only after the internal enquiry ordered by the company is completed. The accident is observed to have happened near the A/C plant when the area was being inspected by CSL Fire and Safety personnel prior to issuing a work permit for starting the work.
Shri. Pon Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Finance & Shipping) visited the accident site on 14 Feb 18. The Minister also had an interaction with the Management, site team, employees, Trade union leaders, Fire & Safety Team, and Medical Team.
Subsequently, Hon’ble Minister visited following injured personnel and interacted with their family members and attending doctors at Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi:
i) Shri. Sreeroop P T
ii) Shri. Jaison Varghese
iii) Shri. Abhilash T
iv) Shri. Tiju Varghese John
The latest Medical Bulletin dt. 14 Feb 18, received from Medical Trust hospital is also enclosed herewith.
CSL had declared following financial assistance on 13 Feb 18:
After the review and interactions, the Hon’ble Minister directed CSL to extend additional assistance to the affected as below:
Source: Maritime Shipping News