Korean tanker EIWA MARU 3 explosion, Chief Engineer died, two injured, Japan

Chemical tanker EIWA MARU 3 suffered an explosion at 1915 Tokyo time Sep 9 in Kiisuido Strait, off Wakayama Prefecture coast, Japan. Tanker was ballasting from Shimotsu port, Wakayama, to Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, after offloading cargo in Shimotsu. Crew were cleansing the tanks, at the same time wielding works on a cargo deck were carried out. Sparks ignited oil fumes, in an explosion Chief Engineer of a Korean nationality, and two Indonesian crew, suffered burns and injures, Chief Engineer died in a hospital, other two seamen said to be in stable condition. 10 crew EIWA MARU 3 was directed to Wakayama port, has been docked there in the morning Sep 10.

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