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SHIP NAME: Anjasmoro KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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TWO workers have died and a third is in serious condition after inhaling toxic fumes aboard a tanker moored off the island's west coast. The three Indian nationals were part of a team deployed to remove gas and oily water from the Singapore-registered Mt Anjasmoro when they collapsed on Saturday night at about 8.45pm, said police. Mr Kamaruddin Sathik and Mr Selvam Dhinakaran, both aged 20, were pronounced dead at about 10pm by paramedics. Survivor Kandasamy Muthurajah, 32, was taken to the Singapore General Hospital and warded for treatment in the Burns Unit. His condition is reported to be stable.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has ordered all work on the ship to stop until after officials have 'determined that measures are in place to carry out the work safely', said a spokesman. The ministry and the police are investigating.

The 33,000-tonne Mt Anjasmoro is owned by Indonesia-based PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk. The three men were installing equipment to free up gas and pump out water and oil residue in the tanker's ballast area, a process known as 'de-slopping.' They apparently inhaled a toxic gas, though it is not yet known what kind.

A dozen other workers on board were not affected. The MOM probe is expected to examine whether the men should have been wearing breathing gear and if the ballast area was checked for toxic gas first.

Arrangements were made yesterday for the bodies of the two men, who worked for Great Asia Marine, to be flown to India, said a spokesman for Prime Marine, the main contractor for the de-slopping. 'We are concerned and saddened by the incident, and are cooperating fully and assisting the authorities. We are also conducting our own investigations,' said the spokesman.

Yesterday, general manager S.R. Nagah-rajhan of Sunair Marine Engineering, which employed Mr Muthurajah, visited him in hospital and said his condition was improving. 'He has a tube through his nose, is unable to talk but is conscious,' said Mr Nagah-rajhan.


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Prime Marine was the second company which pleaded guilty on Thursday. It was responsible for an accident that on board a ship, the MT Anjasmoro, on 15 December 2007. The vessel was then anchored at the Western Petroleum Anchorage. Two men died and another suffered burns to his respiratory system after inhaling toxic Hydrogen Sulphide gas while working there. The men were assigned to clean a tank and they entered it even though it contained a high concentration of the gas. Investigations revealed that Prime Marine had failed to provide them with safety equipment such as breathing devices and personal gas monitors. One of its supervisors, Png Aik Meng, had told the men to enter the tank even though it was dangerous to do so. All accused parties will be sentenced later this month.


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Muthurajah survived. His account makes it clear that it was very early in the tank cleaning process. He was carrying blowers down to ventilate the tank, prior to the actual cleaning process.

1996 built ship was almost certainly double hull. There should be no 'oil residue' in 'ballast area'. Either there was a leak into the ballast tanks, or account is garbled. The fact that the men were sent into the tank without checking or protection is weak support for the leak hypothesis. Even a Singapore contractor would be unlikely to do this if the men were entering a cargo tank.

Either way it is pretty obvious that the tank had not been properly purged.