Monday 22nd Oct, 2018

Six workers hospitalised after fire at Napier

Photo: Napier Port
Photo: Napier Port

SIX workers were hospitalised after an excavator engine caught fire as it moved logs in the hold of the log vessel Nord Yilan berthed Napier Port on 30 April.

The national regulator, Maritime New Zealand, arrived at the port and began an investigation.

The injured workers were from stevedoring company ISO – a subsidiary of Qube – which was employed by log exporter Ernslaw One.

An ISO spokesperson told DCN the company was working with Maritime New Zealand to investigate the vehicle fire which caused six employees to be affected by carbon monoxide fumes on 30 April.

“All six employees were taken to hospital with two remaining overnight for observation. All six have been cleared of ill effects and have returned to work,” the spokesperson said.

“The incident involved an engine fire in an excavator moving logs in the hold of the vessel. ISO has commenced a full safety review of operations on the ship and is co-operating with the Maritime New Zealand investigation. It is the first incident of this kind in 20 years of operations at the port.”

Napier Port culture and capability manager Viv Bull said they were disappointed that an incident had happened at the port.

“At this time our thoughts are with the people involved,” she said.

“As the landowner, Napier Port takes a strong interest in the safe practice of companies operating on our site.”

The ship involved, Nord Yilan (IMO 9573907) is a 28,191 deadweight, Panama-flagged bulk carrier.

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