Tanker Samudera on fire in Malacca Strait, west of Singapore

July 15, 2013 at 02:11 by Mikhail Voytenko in Accidents

Fire erupted in engine room of tanker Samudera in Malacca Strait some 2.5 nautical miles south of Pulau Kukup island, Malaysia, just to the west of Singapore. Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) received an emergency call at around 16:40 LT July 14 13. Vessel was under way, en route from Batam, Indonesia to Chittagong, Bangladesh, in ballast, with 23 Indian crew on board. MMEA sent rescue boats, 22 crew were evacuated and taken to Pulau Kukup, 1 crew feared to die in a fire. According to crew statement, fire started at around 14:45, crew wasn’t able to put it under control, fire quickly spread around. Photos provided by MMEA show that fire was restricted by engine room, but with no one to fight it, it will either die by itself or engulf the superstructure. Nobody seems to be in a hurry to fight the fire. According to the information gathered from data bases, vessel most probably was sold to ship breakers in June, and was on its’ last voyage. See photos at http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/628/Tanker-Samudera-on-fire-in-Malacca-Strait-west-of-Singapore

  Tanker Samudera on fire in Malacca Strait, west of Singapore

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