Supertanker on fire, Gulf of Oman

Update: According to latest news, 3 crew are missing, 1 medevaced with burns. It is said, that that there was an explosion, which comes as no surprise, considering, that cargo tanks are empty – i.e. most probably gas in cargo tank or tanks exploded. Understood 3 missing crew didn’t jump overboard, but were thrown into water by explosion. SCI issued a statement saying that the fire in cargo tank has been subdued, salvage tug awaited to cool tanks.

VLCC DESH VAIBHAV reported fire on board at around 0900 LT Aug 14 northeast of Muscat, Oman, while en route from India to Fujairah UAE, so she’s in ballast. Four crew understood, panicked, jumped overboard and went missing, SAR under way with several merchant and Navy ships deployed. The ship’s status is Not Under Command, no other information available at the moment. As of 1300 UTC Aug 14 tanker was NUC, seemingly drifting in northern direction.

IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 32% (31-AUG-17), compared to the fleet average 34.8%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.

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