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Old 3rd April 2007, 17:59
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Federal authorities will investigate the cause of an explosion on a coal ship moored off Newcastle, in NSW, which left three Filipino sailors with serious burns.

The three men suffered burns to their faces and arms when the boiler on the Shirane, a bulk carrier from Panama, exploded at about 12.30pm (AEST) on Monday.

A fourth man also received minor injuries.

The marine unit of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) was about to start a full investigation, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Responsibility fell to the ATSB as the coal ship, which was moored about 10 km off Nobby's Head, was outside the jurisdiction of the local port authority at the time of the accident.

The ATSB spokesman said it was to early to tell how long the investigation would take.

The three sailors were on Monday airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

Two of them, a 51-year-old and a 38-year-old, remained at the hospital in a satisfactory condition awaiting transfer on Wednesday to the specialist burns unit at Royal North Shore Hospital.

A 33-year-old was discharged on Monday.

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