Crewmen Die After Inhaling Gas Onboard LPG Carrier

Five crewmen died died after inhaling gas leaking from a chamber of the vessel. The vessel was the 35,559-cbm LPG carrier Maharshi Krishnatreya of Varun Shipping. The incident took place in India. Another seafarer was airlifted to hospital in the town, where he was said to be in a serious condition on a ventilator. The vessel was manned by 20 seafarers in total.

It has been reported that the chief officer, gas engineer, a bosun and three seamen were engaged in repairing a damaged pipe in the compressor room and were overcome by gas.

Varun called the navy in Mumbai on Monday morning, saying there were casualties on board the vessel which was en route to the UAE for drydocking. By the time a medical team reached the vessel, the five men were already dead.

Update 1: Nov. 7 2012

According to initial investigations, the accident on board Varun Shipping’s LPG carrier, may have occurred due to a possible human error. More specifically according to company officials, after the discharge of liquefied petroleum gas, an elaborate exercise is carried out to clean out residues of the cargo for which there is a standard operating procedure where you first remove the residues with inert gases and after airing is to be carried out. The crew most probably probably removed the spectacle blind flange partition without realizing that the inert gases were yet to be flushed out.

Sources: INTERMANAGER, The Times of India, DNA


  1. This was the last ship i sailed on ..May end i signed off and just heard this news,i dnt know what went wrong …May god rest peace to their soul !!

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