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Two dead, 13 injured in Bangladesh shipbreaking accident

An accident at the shipbreaking beach of Chattogram,
Bangladesh, has taken the lives of two workers, while another thirteen suffered
severe injuries, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.

The accident occurred in the afternoon hours of August
31 at Ziri Subedar shipbreaking yard during scrapping operations on the ship
CSL Virginia.
NGO Shipbreaking Platform said that a heavy cable
collapsed on the ship, hitting several workers at once. The injured workers
were transported to Chattogram Medical College Hospital for treatment.
Following the accident, local authorities ordered the temporary closure of the
Relevant officials have launched an investigation into
the matter.
So far this year, fifteen shipbreaking workers have
lost their lives in Chattogram.
“It’s sad that our regulatory authorities had to wait
for deaths of seven workers and grievous injuries of fifteen in a row of seven
incidences in this yard alone since 2011,” Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive of
the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) and Platform’s board
member, said.
The container ship CSL Virginia, beached in Bangladesh
in February 2019, was owned and managed by Andreas Hadjiyiannis’ Cyprus Sea
Lines, NGO Shipbreaking Platform cited shipping media.
The vessel was sent to the scrapyard after its fuel
tanks were breached in a collision with a Tunisian ferry off Corsica in October
World Maritime News

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