Product Tanker On Fire – One killed, Four Injured

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China Shipping tanker caught fire and claimed the life of one crew member and injured four others.

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Date: 3rd August 2015.

Location: Dayangshan Island Shanghai.

Accident type: Fire accident.

Vessel Involved: Ye Chi (45,740dwt, built 2009).

En route: from Jinshan, China to Singapore.

Owned by: Ye Chi Shipping SA.

Operated by: China Shipping tanker company.

Casualties: 1 killed and four injured. 

The 2009 built 45,740 dwt oil tanker Ye Chi caught fire at about 8.8 nautical miles southwest of Dayang Shandao.  The tanker was reportedly transporting 29,000 tonnes of diesel at the time of incident.  The fire was reported to have occurred in the accommodation area of the ship.  Shanghai Maritime Rescue Center sent four ships and one helicopter in the rescue operations which put out the fire in two hours.  Four crew members were injured and one died after been sent to hospital, while the remaining 20 crew members were rescued unharmed.

In the past two weeks this is recorded as the second accident involving a China Shipping tanker.

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