Aframax tanker in load caught fire, disabled, Gulf of Finland

Crude oil tanker ALEXIA caught fire at around 0830 UTC Sep 22 in Gulf of Finland, being en route from Ust Luga Russia to Turkey, understood in load. According to Finnish and Estonian SAR Command Centers, fire was extinguished, nobody was injured. Tanker nevertheless, was disabled after fire, drifting, and as of 1425 UTC, was still adrift, surrounded by at least 3 CG and SAR ships and boats, both Finnish and Estonian.
Crude oil tanker ALEXIA, IMO 9389966, dwt 107574, built 2009, flag Marshall islands, manager MARINE TRUST LTD-MAI, Greece.



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