Officer reported as detained after deaths on cargo ship during repairs

Local authorities in Shandong Province, China, are reported to have detained the 3rd officer of cargo ship Jin Hai Xiang (IMO 9118824) on suspicion of negligence in response to a fatal incident that occurred on board the vessel on May 25th. The officer was suspected of failing to follow standard operating procedures during maintenance work at the Xixiakou Shipyard at Longyan Port, Rongcheng County, Weihai City, Shandong Province. According to the circular issued by the local government, 10 people (including the 2nd engineer, the chief motorman and eight workers of the shipyard) were killed while 19 injured were still undergoing medical treatment in local hospitals, although their lives were not in danger. Accounts of the incident vary. The vessel had arrived at the shipyard on May 17th with a planned repair period of 22 days. She dry-docked on May 24th. The vessel has been detained for a full investigation. The incident occurred during repair work in shipyard rather than when she was at sea, so it has been determined as a serious production safety accident. For this reason the local authorities are in charge of the accident investigation.

One report claimed that during the repairs. somehow the carbon dioxide injection system for ship-borne fire protection was activated.

As an odourless, invisible, gas CO2 can cause fatalities among workers carrying out duties in enclosed spaces. 1994-built, China-flagged, 35,884 gt Jin Hai Xiang is owned and managed by Fujian Shipping Co of Fujian, China. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Fujian Shipping Co.