Toxic fumes poisoned four people at Port of Brest, France

container ship Captain TsarevToxic fumes poisoned four people at Port of Brest in France during dismantling the container ship Captain Tsarev. One one dockworker died and another three were hospitalized with gas poisoning after the firefighting CO2 system released gas by accident into the compartment. Three of the workers succeeded to escape the room, but the fourth fell in unconsciousness. The workers immediately reported about the accident and at the scene arrived 38 firefighters. All the people were evacuated, but unfortunately one of the workers was found dead. The investigation for the root cause and responsible for the accident is under way.

The container ship Captain Tsarev stranded at Port of Brest since November 2008, when she suffered propulsion damage and was towed to the port. The owner declared bankruptcy and the crew abandoned the ship. The container ship Captain Tsarev started rusting and two years ago even caught fire. The local authorities decided to dismantle vessel and contracted Recycleurs Bretons Company. The one dead and three poisoned workers are contracted by the scrapping company.

The container ship Captain Tsarev (IMO: 8128860) has overall length of 153.00 m, moulded beam of 23.00 m and maximum draft of 8.10 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 14,033 DWT and the gross tonnage is 9,948 GRT. The vessel was built in 1982 by Orenstein and Koppel shipyard in Lubeck, Germany. The owner of the ship is Greek company Chester Shipping.