One Dead One Critical In 2nd Daewoo LNG Ship Fire

Published at 08:41AM - 11/11/15

One worker is reported to have died and several injured, after a fire broke out during the construction of an LNG vessel at Daweoo’s shipyard in Korea.

The fire will be the second almost identical incident in less than three months at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering yard (DSME).

The first fire back in August, broke out during the build of an LNG tanker, killing two workers and injuring seven. The cause of the incident was put down to a welding spark in one of the vessels tanks.

According to witnesses, the latest incident, Tuesday (10th), also occurred during the welding of a tank on a new build LNG vessel.

Witnesses said that the tank, in which the fire broke out, had around 130 workers inside at the time. One worker is reported to have died due to fume inhalation, whilst seven others have been taken to hospital, with one worker said to be in a critical condition.

As with the incident in August, the latest fire is thought to have broken out due to welding within the tank.

Forced Shutdown

The Korean government has now stepped in and forced all work stop at the yard, halting work on five vessel construction projects. The government has said that work will only be able to commence once owners Daewoo have demonstrated and can guarantee workers safety within the yard.