Gas Blast

Feb 04, 2011 (LBO) – Repair work on vessels in Colombo Dockyard is continuing uninterrupted after an accidental explosion caused by leaking gas that injured 14 workers, a statement said. The yard is repairing two naval vessels, four tankers and a research vessel along with a liquid petroleum gas carrier owned by the Shipping Corporation of India, it said.

An oxygen leak from a gas cutter caused the small explosion during the lunch break on Thursday, February 03, 2011.

All 14 workers who were injured or suffered shock were discharged from hospital within three hours of the incident, the yard said.

Colombo Dockyard is investigating the accident to find its root cause and prevent any recurrence, the statement said.