Expedition-10 Launch Fire (Photo: Collected)
The investigation committee formed by the Ministry of Shipping has found some defects in the engine room in the incident of fire in the launch of MV Expedition-10 on Sugandha river in Jhalokati. However, based on this, the convener of the investigation committee and the joint secretary of the Ministry of Shipping did not want to say anything about the cause of the fire. Tofail Islam.
He answered questions from reporters at the Jhalakati launch dock at noon on Saturday (December 25).
Md. Tofail Islam said a seven-member inquiry committee has been formed. All the members of the committee have visited the burnt ship and two scene of the incident. We can use the experience we have here to explain why this happened.
When asked about the two complaints received from the passengers at that time, he said, “Whether the driver was there or not – we are looking into these.” I will check it in paper and pen in reality.
“We are examining the whole matter,” he said, referring to the reason for moving from the place where the ship first went to stop. We spoke to local UP members at the place where the ship first landed and those who came to the rescue after landing.
If you want to know about the primary reasons behind the fire and casualties. Tofail Islam said, the basic idea is basic. Since I am a member and convener of the inquiry committee, I cannot comment on the concept at this time without consulting other members. I will come to a conclusion by compiling all together.
Regarding the report of the committee within three working days, he said, “After the formation of the committee, today we have all come here from Dhaka.” We have to go to the hospital and Barguna. Also need to talk to many more. All in all, I will try to report in time.
However, in response to a question as to whether there were more passengers in the launch, he said that there were about 310 passengers in the launch according to the ghat documents. But talking to locals it seems the passengers were more than that. Some of the locals who came forward to help said that one hundred and fifty passengers had landed here, while others said that two hundred people had landed there. That is, each person is speaking differently. In that case my idea is to have more than 310 passengers.
Asked if he had contacted those involved in the launch, he said the launch authorities had not been reached. Master and driver numbers have been collected. They are closed. I also got the owner’s mobile number off.
Regarding the engine room faults, he said, “We found some faults in the launch engine room.” You need to link up what it is and why. Because I can’t reach the main conclusion without linking up what I got initially. We are also looking into whether there was a fire extinguishing system or not. Everything will be mentioned in the report of the committee.
Meanwhile, the investigation committee spent a lot of time in the engine room while inspecting the launch. They also enlisted the help of other launch drivers there. A driver who was present said that a slight error was noticed in the firing code of the head of the engine cylinder.
Another driver said that the head of the cylinder was hit a lot. Accidents can happen if sparks of fire come out from there during an over hit. However, driver-grizzlies should be there to see these problems. These can be understood through meters as well as words.
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According to experienced drivers, to operate a vessel like the MV Expedition-10 launch requires one first and second class driver, four grizzlies and even an electrician.
OD / Azim
Source: ODHIKAR by www.odhikar.news.
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