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Tanker blast off Mumbai coast kills one, injures two crew members

17 April 2019

The Indian-owned tanker MT Maharaja Agrasen, carrying a cargo of 98,000 tonnes of crude oil from Saudi Arabia, anchored at a discharge point off Mumbai with a crew of 39. On April 13 it suffered an explosion and fire, leaving its chief engineer dead and two other crew members critically injured. The fire was subsequently brought under control by the remaining crew. 

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The injured were a second engineer and a trainee technical officer.

The vessel belongs to the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). An SCI spokesperson said the vessel suffered an explosion while discharging crude oil at Jawahar Dweep 4.

"The three crew members affected were working in the Inert Gas Room when a flash fire broke out. The fire was contained and extinguished immediately using portable extinguishers by the ship's staff. The condition of the two injured is now stable and improving," he said.

The ship is currently around 15 nautical miles out to sea, local media said, and police will visit to check if there was any negligence or it was merely an accident.

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