Asahi Marine tanker catches fire off South Korea

Product tanker  Sunny Orion caught fire near South Korea’s Tongyeong Island yesterday morning.

The incident occurred when the vessel was carrying 4,700 tons of highly flammable mix-xylene to Ulsan from Hong Kong.

The fire started in one of the empty tanks, and the crew managed to put it our in about 20 minutes. No casualities and injuries were reported in the incident.

The 12,200 dwt vessel is operated by Japanese owner Asashi Marine.

The tanker is now at anchor at Busan Port and will undergo an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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