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Vietnam: Oil product tanker awaiting bunkering operation explodes; one crew dead

10 Sep 2020

The Vietnamese oil product tanker Trung Thao 36-BLC (IMO 9700598) reportedly experienced an explosion on its midship portside cargo tanks at Dung Quat port, Quang Ngai, central Vietnam on Monday (7 September) 6.30 am. 

The 3,037 dwt vessel was reportedly waiting for clearance to enter the port for bunkering operations when the explosion occurred. 

Trung Thao 36-BLC is owned by BIDV-SuMi TRUST Leasing Co; it is a financial a joint venture between the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited (SuMi TRUST), and managed by Ha Thao Shipping Co Ltd of Ho Chi Minh City.

Quang Ngai Maritime Port authorities coordinated with relevant departments to reach the vessel to put out the fire and rescue the crew onboard.

The fire was extinguished at about 7.45 am and 11 of the 12 crew members were safely rescued.

The body of the remaining crew member was discovered at 2pm on the same day.

Photo credit: Quang Ngai TV / AN TV
Published: 10 September, 2020

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