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CO2 leak on dry bulker kills 8 to 10 people

A deadly maritime accident has killed several people during a ship repair job in China. Accounts differ but it is clear that either eight or ten people are dead. A further 19 were hospitalized and are believed to be in a serious condition, but stable.

The Fujian Shipping Company vessel Jinhaixiang was undergoing repair at 3pm (local time) on Saturday May 25, by Xixiakou Ship Repair, at Longyan Port, Rongcheng City, Shandong Province, the shipping company said in a statement.

It appears that, during the repair, the carbon dioxide injection system for ship-borne fire protection was somehow activated.

Carbon dioxide is notable for being an asphyxiant gas in sufficiently high quantities as it will displace normal air. As an odorless, invisible, gas it is somewhat notorious for causing fatalities among workers carrying out duties in enclosed spaces.

Initial blame appears to have fallen on the third officer of the Jinhaixiang who has been detained.

The red marker shows the approximate location of Longyan Port, Rongcheng in China. Graphic: Google Maps.

Rongcheng is approximately 378.34 miles southeast by east from the capital, Beijing. Longyan Port was built in 1990 and began commercial operations in 1994.

The Japan-built Jinhaixiang was constructed in 1994 and has a deadweight of 69,000 tons. Deadweight is the cargo carrying capacity of a ship measured in metric tons. A metric ton is equivalent to 2,204.6 U.S. pounds. The vessel had been booked in for what is described by the company as a five-yearly repair lasting for 22 days.

According to MarineTraffic, the ship (IMO 9118824) is Chinese-flagged and has a gross tonnage of 35,884. Gross tonnage refers to all the internal volume of a ship; it is a measure of space not weight. The ship has a length of just under 225 meters and a breadth of 32.2 meters.

An accident investigation is underway. Executives from Fujian Shipping Company are attending the accident site to help with the investigation, the company says.

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Jim Wilson, Australia Correspondent

Sydney-based journalist and photojournalist, Jim Wilson, is the Australia Correspondent for FreightWaves. Since beginning his journalism career in 2000, Jim has primarily worked as a business reporter, editor, and manager for maritime publications in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. He has won several awards for logistics-related journalism and has had photography published in the global maritime press. Jim has also run publications focused on human resources management, workplace health and safety, venture capital, and law. He holds a degree in law and legal practice.

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