An oil tanker explosion has killed seven people and injured one at the Zhangjianqi shipyard in the Zhenhai District of Ningbo city in Zhejiang Province of China.

The blast occurred when the 300t ship, Xuyang 11, was being repaired at the shipyard.

The blast led to a fire that was extinguished after two and half hours by firefighters.

The injured person was rushed to hospital.

The cause of the explosion, which resulted in oil leak into the Yongjiang River, is under investigation.

According to the provincial maritime affairs bureau, the shipyard was closed and six ships were deployed to stop the leak.

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The tanker has been moved and a boom was set up to stop the spill.

It was not clear whether the ship was fully loaded with oil at the time of the explosion.

The Sinopec Zhenhai Refining and Chemical plant, owned by China Petroleum and Chemical and capable of processing around 23 million tonnes per year of crude oil, is located in Zhenhai.

The 81-mile Yongjiang River is not only an important transportation channel, but also a major source of drinking water for the Ningbo city’s population of over seven million people.