Tanker disabled by fire off Portugal, 2 crew died

Fire broke out in engine room of product tanker CHEMICAL MASTER at night Nov 22 off Portugal coast, Atlantic. Two crew were badly injured and medevaced by Portugal Air Force helicopter, they’ve been transferred to hospital but unfortunately, died, reportedly in the morning Nov 23. Tanker is disabled, adrift, with 2 Portugal Navy ships nearby, monitoring situation. Situation unclear, it is not known if crew managed to extinguished fire – most probably, engine room is sealed with firefighting system being switched on. Understood towage pending, tanker is en route from Haifa Israel to Amsterdam.
Product tanker CHEMICAL MASTER, IMO 9558957, dwt 14298, built 2009, flag Malta, manager CHEMSHIP BV, Netherlands.



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