Malaysia 26 July tanker fire kills three crew, two missing

27 July 2012 10:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The fire that broke out onboard a Malaysian chemical tanker early on 26 July has killed three crew members, with two others still missing, ship owner MISC said on Friday.

The incident at the 37,961 deadweight-tonne chemical tanker, Bunga Alpinia, occurred at about 02:30 Malaysia time (18:30 GMT) on Thursday.

“We wish to confirm that another two bodies have been recovered in the waters near the vessel. Identities of the two bodies have yet to be confirmed,” the company said in a statement.

The body of a crewmember who was killed in the fire was recovered on Thursday and has been identified, it said.

24 out of the 29 crewmembers were safely brought ashore on Thursday.

MISC on Friday afternoon said that the fire onboard the vessel has been contained, with further cooling efforts still ongoing.

The vessel was believed to have struck by lightning as it was being loaded with methanol, resulting in a fire and multiple explosions.

PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG), a unit of state-owned Malaysian energy major PETRONAS, shut its nearby 660,000 tonne/year methanol (PML) 1 unit as a precautionary measure following the incident.

The (PML) 1 unit is still shut and the company has yet to fix a timeline as to when it plans to restart the facility, a source at PETRONAS Methanol (Labuan) said on Friday.

PETRONAS Methanol (Labuan) is a PCG subsidiary.

The firm’s other 1.7m tonne/year methanol Labuan (PML) 2 unit still operating normally, the source added.

Additional reporting by Heng Hui


By: Nurluqman Suratman



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