Piraeus - Two incidents involving tankers, which resulted in fatalities, were reported this week. First, four workers were killed in an explosion in a tank of an LR1 under construction at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea for unnamed Greek interests, last Sunday. The four men, aged in their 30s to 50s, were painting inside the 12 m deep oil tank at the time of the explosion, the national fire agency reportedly said. The 74,000 dwt ship was was due to be delivered to a Greek owner in October.
Second, the Stealth Maritime Corp-managed MR “Alnic MC”, which was involved in a collision with a US warship to the east of Singapore early on Monday, was carrying nearly 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil, but there was no reported oil spill. According to local reports, the MR was sailing from Taiwan to Singapore when the collision occurred, causing around 10 fatalities on board the warship. Following the collision, the “Alnic MC” proceeded to Raffles Reserved Anchorage where an investigation will take place.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Raffles Reserved Anchorage, located to the south of Bukom Island, is reserved for vessels requiring emergency repairs and damaged vessels or as directed by the Port Master.