Explosion in Tanker Kills 8 Injures 4 at Perama Shipyard Athens

by OldSailor on July 26, 2008


Accidents in shipyards are increasing. Because of work pressure to complete the repairs faster, it seems safe working procedures are being compromised. Explosion took place in Friendship Gas tanker on July 24 docked at Perama dockyards 20 kilometers west of Athens.

Some of the disturbing features of the accident are:

  • Friendship Gas is Panamanian-flagged vessel undergoing repairs at Perama dockyard
  • blast occurred in the vessel’s engine room during repair work, believed to be welding
  • seven workers and the ship’s Filipino First mate died on board
  • four were injured and are being treated
  • a three-day strike by dock workers to protest against the poor safety standards is going on from July 25
  • two members of the repair crew have been arrested on suspicion of not following safety standards
  • took more than four hours to contain the fire by three fire engines, a firefighting vessel and three tugs

Here is a photograph of the tanker


Image from Welt Online

For more information and photographs read Welt Online.

Update: July 28

Philippine Ambassador to Greece Rigoberto Tiglao has confirmed that Chief Mate Romualdo Jopia, a 48-year-old resident of Pasig City lost his life due to explosion aboard the M/T Friendship Gas. Read more from The Manila Times.

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