One dead after explosion in engine room of container carrier Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan BridgeThe container carrier Manhattan Bridge suffered explosion in engine room near the dock in Trinity Terminal in Felixstowe port, UK. Following the accident one seaman died and another one was seriously injured. The vessel was maneuvering to dock at the port, swung 180 degrees and was about to proceed stern-first to berth 7, when the boiled exploded. The vessel suffered blackout, but was successfully docked at the berth with assistance of tugs. The accident was reported to the local authorities and ambulances were dispatched a few minutes later. It was estimated that one of the seamen died, while another one was seriously injured and hospitalized for medical treatment. The ship remains at the dock in Felixstowe port for safety inspection and repairs.

The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. According to preliminary information, too much uncontrolled fuel was in the boiler combustion area at the time of flashing up. The boiler burner panel was blown completely from the boiler casing and allowed the searing heat of the burning fuel/air mixture to escape into the engine room, which caused the fatality and the injury.

The container carrier Manhattan Bridge (IMO: 9689615) has overall length of 366.00 m, moulded beam of 51.00 m and maximum draft of 14.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 145,500 DWT and the gross tonnage is 155,000 GRT. The ship was built in 2015 by Koyo Dockyard in Mihara, Japan.