Fire on Stolt-Nielsen tanker brought under control

21 March 2012 12:08  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The fire resulting from an explosion on the tanker MT Stolt Valor on March 15 has been contained, the ship's owner and operator said on Wednesday.

One crew member is still missing, Stolt Tankers, a subsidiary of Norway's Stolt-Nielsen said in a statement. The other 24 members of the crew were previously accounted for.

The 25,269 deadweight tonne chemical tanker was transiting in the Persian Gulf when the blast occurred. It was carrying about 13,000 tonnes of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and 1,200 tonnes of isobutanol (IBA).

“The ship is under tow approximately 45 miles [72km] off the coast of Qatar. There has been no spillage of fuel oil from the ship, nor any reported or visible spillage of cargo,” the statement said.

Investigations into the cause of the accident continue.  

By: Neha Popat
+44 208 652 3214

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