Four seafarers that were aboard the chemical tanker Hanyang Ace suffered serious injuries due to an explosion and a gas leakage that occurred on the vessel’s cargo deck while it was being loaded with nitric and sulphuric acid in Ulsan, South Korea, on January 11th, as reported by the Kyunghyang Shinmun.
One sailor suffered facial burns, while all of the other three have suffered injuries to their respiratory systems, believed to have been caused due to being heavily exposed to the leaked gas.
All of the four seafarers have been transported to a local hospital where they are now receiving treatment. The remaining ten sailors, that are also a part of the vessel’s crew, haven’t suffered any injuries from the incident.
The South Korean Coast Guard (SKCG) has initiated an investigation regarding the causes of the explosion. So far there have been no reports of pollution.
The 1996-built Hanyang Ace (IMO number 9152569 and MMSI 440204000) is a 2, 618 DWT chemical tanker, property of South Korea’s NHL Development Seoul.
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