Product tanker ISTANA 5 explosion and fire, Batam, Singapore Strait
Product tanker ISTANA 5 suffered explosion and ensuing fire on cargo deck on Nov 16, vessel is docked at Batu Ampar, Batam City, Riau islands, Singapore Strait. Tanker was undergoing repairs, oil fumes exploded because of cutting works on cargo deck, one worker was killed, his remnants were found some 80 meters from the ship. At least two others were badly burned. Tanker understood to be still on fire. On a photo burning ISTANA 5. Tanker’s name is given as NONA TANG II, most probably she was re-named recently.