Six crewmembers suffered severe burns Friday following an explosion onboard a Philippines cargo ship as it was moored at Bredco Port in Bacolod City, Philippines.
A statement from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the six men were taken to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City after the explosion onboard the MV SF Adventure at approximately 9:40 a.m., March 7.
An initial investigation has determined that the blast occurred as crews were conducting welding operations to repair leaks to the ship’s fuel tank, the PCG said. The statement added that the six men were located on the weather deck and were injured when the explosion shot out of the top of an open manhole of the tank, which apparently still contained oil.
MV SF Adventure is owned and operated by Bacolod City-based Seaford Shipping Lines, Inc., according to the PCG.
Local media reports say that the vessel has been ordered to stay in Bredco Port by the Philippines Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) pending further investigation.