Bunkering operations between the bunker tanker Keila (IMO 8845250) and reefer Baltic Pearl (IMO 9008732) at the big port of St. Petersburg was interrupted by a boiler explosion from the fuel delivery vessel on Tuesday (9 October) 0730 Moscow time.
“During fuelling under the flag of the Bahamas Baltic Pearl, a boiler exploded and a fake pipe ignited on the Keila tank,” said the Russian news agency TASS quoting a report from Rosmorrechflot, the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport at Russia.
The explosion caused a fire onboard the bunker tanker, which was extinguished by crew; no injuries or fuel spill occurred from the incident.
The Keila was towed away after the event and Rosmorrechflot inspectors have started an investigation of the incident.
Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Anton Haas
Published: 10 October, 2018
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