Singapore-based ASL Marine informed that the fire broke out onboard a tanker that was being repaired at one of its dry docks last Thursday.
“Initial investigations suggest that the fire started inside and was confined to the pump room. Whilst this may restrict damage and deaths, nevertheless five people died and one person is injured; they were employees of our subcontractor. Initial investigations suggest that there was no explosion,” ASL Marine stated.
The company said investigation will continue until the cause is established. Work on the vessel has been suspended.
“As a matter of priority, we will be working diligently together with our subcontractor to help the affected workers and their families and are rendering the necessary assistance to them,” ASL Marine said.