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A worker lost his life during a gas cylinder explosion at a shipyard in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong on September 14.

The incident took place at Mother Steel Shipyard in the Kumira area of the upazila. According to SI Nurul Alam Ashek of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police, the blast happened while the worker was unloading the cylinders from a truck at the shipyard.

He was turn rushed to CMCH, where the doctor on duty pronounced him dead.

Working conditions at Bangladesh shipbreaking yards have long been a cause for concern. In fact, in June, a worker was killed and at least three others sustained serious injuries after a boiler explosion.

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Sierra Leone – Iron Ore Fines

The risks arising from the carriage of mineral ores from certain jurisdictions, including possible liquefaction of such cargoes and the lack of a regulatory oversight at the loading ports. Iron ore fines are of increasing concern, particularly shipments from Sierra Leone arising from a phased restart of iron mines in the region and with vessels loading such cargoes in the port of Pepel.

The International Group understands that some cargoes of iron ore fines intended for shipment from the port of Pepel have been stockpiled outdoors uncovered for a prolonged period posing a particular risk of liquefaction during the wet season. It is also understood that some cargoes intended for shipment from Pepel have previously been considered too low grade for export and have been left in uncovered stockpiles for prolonged periods. They are now being blended with higher grade materials for export.

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Two crew members on board a Euronav-owned Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) have died after apparently being struck by a large wave as the ship rounded Cape Horn on Saturday, September 11th.

The ship’s managers, Northern Marine Management, confirmed the incident in an emailed statement. According to the company, the MT Arafura was fully-laden on passage from Brazil to Long Beach, California when it encountered adverse weather with large swells and waves.

Based on preliminary information, as the vessel rounded Cape Horn, the vessel’s Chief Officer and Bosun, both Indian Nationals, were attending to an alarm in the forward part of the vessel when they were struck be a large wave, killing them both. A full investigation will be conducted into the incident.

MT Arafura has subsequently altered its course to Valparaiso, Chile with arrival is expected on September 18th. Northern marine said it was working to “best ensure” the expedited disembarkation and repatriation of the deceased and a timely a relief of the crew.

“Following discussions with the Chilean Maritime Authorities it is hoped that some crew changes will be possible at the same time,” the company said.

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A dry cargo ship has collided with a small vessel off the coast of the Japanese city of Sasebo in the southwestern Nagasaki prefecture, leaving one person dead and another one missing.

According to the coast guard date, the incident took place at about 3:30 a.m. local time on Sunday (18:30 GMT on Saturday), NHK broadcaster said, adding that the small ship overturned as a result of the collision.

The rescue workers who had arrived at the scene saw the body of a man. The death was confirmed by medical personnel.

Besides the man, there were two more aboard; including a boy aged 12 years. The child has been rescued by a ship that was passing by. The third individual is still missing. Concluding, the cause of the collision is yet to be established.