Three injured in Malaysia tanker vessel explosion
14 March 2018
Two dock workers were critically injured in a deck explosion and fire on a product tanker in Kalimantan, Malaysia, on March 13. The vessel’s captain was also injured, but less seriously, according to local news sources. The 6,500-dwt tanker, Dongfang Glory, was built in 2010 and is owned by Grolite Shipping of Malaysia.
The tanker was in ballast and undergoing maintenance repairs at Belawai Anchorage, Tanjung Manis, northwestern Kalimantan, Malaysia, when the blast happened.
Local sources say that the likelihood is that welding works in or near cargo tanks caused a gas blast, meaning that the vessel’s tanks had not been properly degasified.
The tanker sustained heavy damage in the incident.