Chemical tanker blast sparks fire, three injured at Mumbai port

19 March 2012 02:27  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A chemical tanker carrying 2,000 tonnes of toluene berthed at a Mumbai port caught fire on Saturday following an explosion that occurred at the deck of the tanker that injured three crews, Mumbai Port Trust reported over the weekend.

The 9,500 dry weight tonne (DWT) chemical tanker ‘Royal Diamond 7’ was berthed at New Pir Pau, Mumbai, to discharge a consignment of 2,000 tonnes of toluene imported by Aegis Chemicals, Mumbai Port Trust said in a statement.

“The vessel had completed the cargo discharge operations… before the tanker could sail out of the pier, an explosion occurred at the fore of the tanker,” it said.

The fire was brought under control immediately by the port fire service personnel, it said.

“The vessel will be removed from the jetty to a safer location in the harbour,” it added.

By: Samuel Wong

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