Tanker explosion near Istanbul

Jan 24 2014

One man was reported killed and four people injured in a chemical tanker blast near Istanbul on Monday, local Turkish Daily News reported.

The report said 10 people were evacuated from the chemical tanker, which was sailing along the Marmara coast on Istanbul's Asian side.

The blast led to a fire breaking out in a vessel, which was identified as the 1981-built Beykim Petrolculuk managed 6,275 dwt ‘Tibil’.

The Turkish Coast Guard said that the tanker was empty at the time of the explosion and that she will be taken to Tuzla.

Meanwhile, the fire and collision-damaged MSI Ship Management controlled 44,400 dwt chemical tanker ‘Maritime Maisie’ is still looking for a port of refuge.

It was believed that both Japan and South Korea had refused the vessel permission to enter its ports.

The vessel was on fire for around 19 days following a collision with a new car carrier off Busan on 29th December last year. The tanker was reported to be carrying more than 29,000 tonnes of chemicals.

“It is now very crucial and important that the tanker is granted a place of shelter or port of refuge in order for the safe transfer of the remaining cargo and bunkers,” MSI said in a statement this week. “The firefighting efforts were hampered by the difficult weather conditions where the waves were sometimes up to 3 m high. As a result, the salvor could not carry out the fire fighting effectively and had to stop from time to time as it was too dangerous.”

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