Two Injured in Explosion on Dredger off Cornish Coast

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  • As Fednav Orders Six More Lakers in Japan

Two people have been injured earlier today in an explosion that occurred on board a dredging vessel some two nautical miles South of Dodman Point, Cornwall.

“Just before 1pm today, UK Coastguard received a call from a dredging vessel reporting that they’d had an explosion on board.  It is believed that a compressed aircylinder exploded and two of the three people on board have been injured in the blast,” UK Coast Guard informed.

As informed, the Newquay Coastguard helicopter and the Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat are currently on scene evacuating the casualties to Derriford Hospital.

A Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliary ship and a Fishery Protection vessel are also said to be on scene assisting.

“This is an ongoing incident and we have no further information at this stage,” the coast guard said.

Meanwhile, Canada’s dry-bulk shipping company Fednav has placed an order for six 34,500 DWT bulkers at Japanese Oshima Shipbuilding, the company confirmed to World Maritime News.

The 1C Ice class lakers are slated for delivery between 2019 and 2020.

The price details of the newbuildings have not been disclosed.The latest order brings the company’s newbuilding tally to ten, as there are already four Handy bulkers being constructed at Oshima for Fednav.

The latest order brings the company’s newbuilding tally to ten, as there are already four Handy bulkers being constructed at Oshima for Fednav.

The 35,000 DWT quartet is slated for delivery in 2018, and they are valued at approximately USD 21 million apiece, according to the data from VesselsValue.

Fednav’s fleet comprises close to 100 owned, long-term chartered and spot chartered vessels, including St. Lawrence Seaway-max-sized bulk carriers, Supramax, and Panamax vessels.

World Maritime News