A captain lost his life after an explosion hit a general cargo ship in South Korea. Part of the hull was damaged in the incident.

The vessel is the “Ocean Harmony”, which was moored at Incheon when the accident occurred, killing the Chinese master.

When the explosion took place, port authorities monitored smoke from the ship through the CCTV system and evacuated the crew. At the time, there were 14 seafarers on the Ocean Harmony.3

Initial assessments suggested a gas cylinder inside the ship had exploded, and the coast guard and fire department have started investigating the exact cause of the accident.

The last time any deficiencies were detected in the Ocean Harmony was in China in January, when inspectors found a fault related to safety navigation through bridge operations.