Chinese Capesize bulk carrier explosion, several crew injured UPDATE

Capesize bulk carrier CSSC CAPE TOWN suffered an explosion in fore part at night Feb 19 in British Gibraltar waters, Bay of Gibraltar. The ship arrived from Baltimore, USA, loaded with coal, destined for Algeciras, Spain, Bay of Gibraltar. Reportedly, there was no fire. Several crew members said to be injured. The ship left Bay of Gibraltar several hour after explosion and sailed to Alboran sea east of Gibraltar outside anchorage zone, where she either anchored or keeps moving at very slow speed, as of 0450 UTC Feb 20. Injured crew members condition and location are unknown, ship’s condition and status are unclear.

Feb 21 UPDATE: Two crew members suffered severe burns (40% and 25%) and were taken to hospital, two more crew were slightly injured and were treated on board. All 4 were on forecastle where explosion took place, understood ready to anchor.

Bulk carrier CSSC CAPE TOWN, IMO 9853888, dwt 120578, built 2020, flag HK, manager CSSC HONG KONG SHIPPING.



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