A person has reportedly died and another seriously injured after a steam explosion in the boiler room of a Japanese ship at the Port of Felixstowe.
The vessel, Manhattan Bridge, was docking at the Trinity Terminal at the Port when the accident took place and police said the death of crewman was not being treated as suspicious.
Despite suffering from a blackout, the vessel was capable of docking successfully at the berth with assistance of tugs.
The ship’s owner, K Line, blamed a “boiler back-fire” behind the death of the sailor, reports said.A K Line spokesman said in a statement that the firm wishes to express their condolences to the family of the deceased.
Meanwhile, the police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have launched a joint investigation into the accident.
Citing preliminary information, Maritime Herald said the accident may have caused due to too much uncontrolled fuel in the boiler combustion area at the time of flashing up.
It must have allowed the boiler burner panel to blow up from the boiler casing, resulting in the flow of searing heat of the burning fuel or air mixture into the engine room, the report added.
However, the Port of Felixstowe spokesperson said the incident did not fall under its jurisdiction as the ship met with the accident when it was not alongside the port.
Built in 2015, the 366meters-long Manhattan Bridge has deadweight of 145,500 DWT and is capable of carrying up to 14,000 TEU. According to the latest update, the vessel remains at the dock in Felixstowe port for safety inspection and repairs.