Two Killed in Explosion at South Korean Shipyard

Photo via Yonhap News Agency

An explosion at a South Korean shipyard has killed two workers and injured nine others, Yonhap News Agency has confirmed with Police.

The explosion occurred at approximately 8:09 a.m. local time on Wednesday at the Daebul Industrial Complex in Yeongam, a county in the South Jeolla Province about 400 kilometers south of Seoul.

Yonhap News reports that explosion erupted when a dozen workers were inside a ship for block assembly and that workers reported smelling gas prior to the explosion. One worker is also missing.

The Daebul Industrial Complex in Yeongam is home to Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, the world’s 5th largest shipbuilder and the largest company in South Jeolla Province. At this point it is unclear if the workers involved in the explosion are employees of SHI.

In December 2011, four people were killed following an explosion at Sejin Heavy Industries in the southeastern city of Ulsan.