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Another Thai tanker explodes in Bangkok

Another tanker has exploded in the Thai capital with the loss of one life. The , a product tanker, exploded yesterday afternoon while mooring at the Bangchak depot on the Chao Praya river. The ship was carrying 3,000 tons of oil when the accident happened. Equasis lists Bangkok-based Ayudhya Development as the owner of the 3,500 dwt ship.

A seafarer died and another three crew were injured. The ship drifted downstream on fire for around 5 km before it was able to anchor. Firefighters were able to put the blaze out after an hour.

Police said sparks erupted in the anchor windlass room prior to the explosion.

Another product tanker, the Smooth Sea 2, exploded in a similar area on March 9.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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