The 39 meter long, 338 ton self-propelled barge Varia (built 1928) suffered an explosion while in Terneuzen, Netherlands. The explosion occured in the forecastle of the vessel while it was moored in a side channel. The master of the vessel was seriously injured and was taken to hospital in Ghent. A fire emerged from the explosion was quickly extinguished. The Varia suffered some damage with many rivets popped out causing several leaks. The cargo of coal on the Varia was transferred to the vessel Hollar. This allowed access to plug the leaks and keep the vessel above water. The Varia was later taken to drydock for repairs. Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion.
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