Capesize bulk carrier gas explosion killed Chinese crew

Chinese crew member of Capesize bulk carrier CAPE INDIA was severely injured in gas explosion on Oct 28. The ship was transiting Makassar Strait, en route from China to Australia. The ship reported accident to Indonesian Maritime Authorities and requested medevac. She was directed to Balikpapan, eastern Kalimantan. Injured seaman was transferred to rescue boat at around 0400 LT Oct 29, but was declared dead by paramedics some time later. His body was delivered to hospital in Balikpapan.
Details of accident unknown, the ship left Balikpapan area and resumed voyage at around 0000 UTC Oct 29.
Bulk carrier CAPE INDIA, IMO 9654804, dwt 186300, built 2014, flag Singapore, manager U-MING.



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