Six more arrested over deadly CO2 leak on bulker in Longyan Port

Image: Xinhua (file)
Image: Xinhua (file)

Chinese authorities have arrested six more suspects in connection with a carbon dioxide (CO2) leak that killed 10 people and injured 19 others on a vessel that was docked at Longyan Port in May of this year.

Local officials in Rocheng, Shandong Province, have not disclosed the identities of those who were taken into custody for the May 25 incident on the bulk carrier Jin Hai Xiang.

It has not yet been confirmed whether these newly arrested individuals were the same “relevant personnel” that police officials in Weichai earlier claimed to have taken into custody for their involvement in the incident.

The CO2 was believed to have leaked from Jin Hai Xiang‘s onboard fire prevention system during the time that repairs were being carried out on the vessel.

The findings of a follow-up probe revealed that the vessel’s third officer may have unintentionally caused the leak due to “misoperation.” The individual has since been detained by police.

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