Tanker THERESA BITUNG on fire, crew rescued, South China Sea
Product tanker THERESA BITUNG caught fire in South China Sea at around midday Nov 27 13, fire started either in engine room or in superstructure, and spread further.
Tanker was ballasting from China to Singapore, distress signal was issued from vicinity 09 35N 111 38E, SW of Spratly Islands. Vessel issued distress signal reporting 26 crew moving to lifeboats. MRCC Hainan coordinated rescue operation, directing to site one of the vessels in the area, Greek bulk carrier MAIDEN VOYAGE (IMO 9552343, dwt 58722, manager Starbulk).
MAIDEN VOYAGE picked up the crew several hours later and will deliver them to HK. No injures reported, it is understood that abandoned tanker is on fire and drifting.