Product tanker NO.3 HEUNG-A PIONEER explosion, 1 dead 5 injured
Product tanker NO.3 HEUNG-A PIONEER suffered gas explosion at around 2200 LT (Kuala Lumpur time) Apr 18, shortly after leaving Penang, Malaysia. Vessel reported 1Myanmar nationality crew dead, 5 injured, and requested assistance. Explosion is understood to take place in cargo tank, though at first engine room was mentioned. Vessel turned back, and anchored on Penang road at around 2300 LT. 5 injured crew were taken to hospital, all of them Myanmar nationals. Vessel was bound for Singapore, condition of the vessel and extent of damages unknown.