Tanker explosion and fire, Hai Phong

Explosion occurred on board of product tanker HAI HA 18, docked at Hai Phong petroleum terminal with some 900 tons of gasoline A92, at 1640 LT Mar 10. Explosion was followed by major fire, some 400 firefighters were deployed, nearby residents were alerted for possible evacuation. Reportedly firefighting wasn’t effective, it was decided to tow tanker out from port. Tanker was towed out shortly after midnight local time, understood firefighting id dtill on, as of 0700 UTC Mar 11.
Product tanker HAI HA 18, IMO 9611084, dwt 948, built 2010, flag Vietnam, manager HAI HA WATERWAY TRANS CO LTD.



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