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Cargo ship's crew in gas blast peril.

THE crew of a German-owned cargo ship have been issued with oxygen masks following an explosion which created three deadly gases, coastguards said.

Seven crew members were stranded on the Antigua-registered AB Bilbao after water leaked into its cargo of 3,200 tonnes of Ferrocilicone, sparking a violent chemical reaction.

Inspectors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency last night boarded the vessel two miles off Margate, Kent, to assess if the ship could be moved.

Since the explosion on Monday morning, gases including hydrogen, phosphine and arsine, a derivative of arsenic, have started venting from the cargo hold.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2001
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