Samsung Heavy to Resume Ops at Geoje

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries was cleared to partially restart construction works at its Geoje yard, less than a week after a fatal crane incident occurred at the site, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Following the crane collision on May 1, when a structure fell from one of the cranes taking the lives of six workers and injuring over 20 more workers at the yard, the country’s Ministry of Employment and Labor ordered the shipbuilder to halt all operations at the shipyard.

SHI now received an approval to resume the operations, after an on-site inspection showed that risk factors at some of the work places have been resolved, Yonhap cited the shipbuilder.

Last week, the South Korean police officials raided a number of SHI’s offices, collecting workbooks and manuals on safety regulations and education.

Up to 30 investigators were reportedly sent to collect the materials in order to analyse and investigate any potential negligence which could have led to the crane incident.

At the time of the crane collision, the shipyard was finishing the construction of an oil platform for a French energy company.

World Maritime News Staff

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