LNG tanker explosion kills two off Malaysia
12 December 2014
On December 11, Malaysian authorities said an explosion on a tanker killed two crew members. Two other crew members of the tanker DL Calla were injured in the accident, which occurred late on December 10 in the waters off Kuala Terengganu, 450 kilometres north-east of Kuala Lumpur, according to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
The South Korean-operated vessel was carrying liquified natural gas, and the explosion was triggered by a gas leakage, the agency said. The crew was able to extinguish the fire by the time Malaysian authorities arrived on the scene.
The dead were a Myanmar and a South Korean national, and the two injured crew members were also one Myanmar and one South Korean. Malaysian rescuers brought the injured to a hospital in Kuala Terengganu.
The vessel, with 23 crew members, was en-route from South Korea to Thailand. It was not seriously damaged and continued on its way.