Kochi: Four people have reportedly been killed and at least 11 injured in a blast at Cochin Shipyard. Reports suggest two more may be stranded.
The blast happened on an ONGC-owned Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) called Sagar Bhushan, which was undergoing maintenance work at the shipyard. The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals. Police and fire tenders have rushed to the spot and rescue operations are underway.
Cochin Shipyard is one of India’s premier ship-building and repair facilities. It is the location where India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, is being built. The shipyard had in 2006 won the contract for the repair and maintenance of three of ONGC’s offshore rigs. These include two MODUs – Sagar Bhushan and Sagar Vijay – and a Jack Up Rig (JUR) Sagar Kiran.