Tanker hit by devastating explosion, Vietnam

Product tanker TRUNG THAO 36 BLC suffered a devastating explosion in portside cargo tanks midship area in the morning Sep 7, while waiting for permission to enter Dung Quat port, Quang Ngai, central Vietnam. Some of 12 crew were thrown overboard by the blast. 1 crew went missing, 11 were rescued. Fire after explosion was extinguished by SAR and tug boats in about an hour. Tanker is in ballast, so no doubt fumes from cargo tanks residues exploded.
Product tanker TRUNG THAO 36 BLC, IMO 9700598, dwt 3037, built 2012, flag Vietnam, manager HA THAO SHIPPING CO LTD, Ho Chi Minh.



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