As reported by local media, the explosion took place when workers started a fire for the purposes of lighting an area of the ship but thus set off the explosion.
The administration of the yard, however, comments that a worker’s lighted up cigarette, which is a direct violation of the safety protocol, was the reason behind the blast.
A cylinder leak had been responsible for filling up the area with gas.
Eight of the workers were hospitalized. Five of them were in critical condition and admitted to a burn and surgery unit.
Local police is set to initiate thorough investigative procedures in order to accurately pinpoint the cause of the explosion.