Product tanker Run Guang 9 explosion, 2 missing
HIS Maritime reported an explosion and fire on board of product tanker Run Guang 9, at around 0940 LT Jan 4 off Zhanjiang port in Guangdong province. Tanker was in ballast, was en route from Zhuhai port to Zhanjiang port, explosion took place in one of cargo tanks. There were 14 crew on board, 2 went missing, the rest are understood to be evacuated. Fire was extinguished by reportedly, salvage vessels, by 1430 LT, vessel was boarded by salvage team. Most probably, two missing crew were performing some job on cargo deck near tank ventilation system, or opened non-degassed tank, and incidentally inflamed the gas.
Product tanker Run Guang 9, IMO 9625669, dwt 4577, built 2013, flag China, manager ZHOUSHAN RUN GUANG SHPG CO LTD.