Fire on LPG tanker Kanthicha, Phuket
Tourists gathered in port for an excursion to USS John C. Stennis enjoyed two shows instead of one.
At around 08:00 LT Oct 7 fire broke out on the bridge of LPG tanker Kanthicha anchored off Phuket Deep Sea Port, Thailand, in a cold lay-up for more than two months, with 4 maintenance crew on board, three of whom went ashore early in the morning. Fire broke out in a radio room presumably due to faulty wiring, the only one crew who was on board at the time of fire waived around for help and was duly noticed, maybe because USS carrier USS John C. Stennis was to anchor near Kathincha at around noon, eagerly expected by Phuket locals and tourists. A Marine Police boat and a tug were called on the scene, and by 11:00 fire was extinguished. Vessel is said to be put up for sale, in ballast with about 5 tons of oil in bunker tank. Tourists gathered in port for an excursion to USS John C. Stennis enjoyed two shows instead of one. On photos from local media smoldering Kathincha. Maritime Bulletin http://www.odin.tc