Two young Indian workers of age 21 and 25 died on June 19, due to suffocation while working in confined spaces in platform supply vessel ‘Pacific Ataawhai’. The vessel is owned by Swire Pacific and is presently undergoing conversion into a seismic survey vessel at DryDocks World Singapore’s shipyard.
Five more workers were hospitalized and reported to be in stable condition. It is surprising to note that one worker was killed and fourteen were injured on June 08, due to explosion while painting in platform supply vessel ‘Rainbow Star’ in Kreuz Shipbuilding & Engineering located at Tuas Crescent, Singapore.
Recurring accidents in shipyards give an impression that safe working practices are not followed in shipyards.
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Update: June 22
In view of increase in shipyard related accidents, the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) has asked shipyards to take a voluntary time-out to review their safety procedures. Read more from Channel News Asia.
Update: June 26
Another fire reported: On June 25, one worker suffered second degree burns due to fire in engine room of a ship at the Drydocks World at No 33 Tuas Crescent, Singapore. Read more from Channel NewsAsia.
Update: June 27
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) have noticed safety lapses during the inspection of the 89 shipyards in Singapore. Read more from The Straits Times.
Update: August 06
Here is one more accident at DryDocks World, Singapore on August 01. Now a 20 year old shipyard worker from India while washing ship’s hull with a high-powered jet fainted and subsequently died while shifting a powerful spotlight. Read more from The Straits Times and The Hindu.
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