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Constantza tanker explosion kills 12 workers

At least 12 Romanian workers were killed in an explosion...

At least 12 Romanian workers were killed in an explosion on an empty oil tanker undergoing repair work in the Black Sea port of Constantza yesterday. 'Ten blackened corpses were scattered by the blast on the ship's deck,' said one of the emergency service crew searching the tanker for four others believed to be missing. An official list submitted to the port authority showed 14 Romanians were registered to refit the 98,930 dwt, 1976-built Maltese tanker Anopolis in Constantza shipyard. They were doing welding work to replace corroded metal panels on the side of the vessel. She was insured at Lloyd's and classed by ABS.

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