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Penang-registered bunker tanker catches fire, crew received second-degree burns

04 May 2021

A Penang-registered bunker tanker undergoing maintenance works at a jetty beside the Harbour Trade Centre in Penang, Malaysia reportedly caught fire at approximately 4pm local time on Monday (3 May).

A total of four crew was onboard the bunker tanker during the time of the incident; two suffered second-degree burns and were admitted to hospital for treatment, while the remaining duo escape unharmed.

Members of the public heard of an explosion coming from the burning bunker tanker. About 50 firefighters from various stations around Penang brought the fire under control within the hour.

A Director of the Penang State Fire and Rescue Bureau who was on location told reporters the fire occurred at the oil pump area of the 150,000 litre capacity bunker tanker.

Penang local news agency China Press has extensive photos based from their Chinese coverage of the incident here. (Viewer discretion is advised)


Published: 4 May, 2021

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