Aulac Fortune to be towed away

Rescuers boarded the product tanker Aulac Fortune after the fire onboard the vessel was completely put out in a bid to find missing crew.

The Vietnam-flagged vessel suffered a massive series of explosions onboard last Tuesday while bunkering, resulting in the death of one crewmember.

The rescue team sent divers into the ship over the weekend but did not find any crewmembers.

In the meantime, another part of the rescue team found the body of a missing seafarer near the coast of Lantau Island off Hong Kong.

The search for the remaining victim is still underway.

According to an official at Hong Kong’s Maritime Department, discussions are underway with the owner of the ship on a plan to tow the ship away. Currently, the ship shows no signs of sinking and leaking oil.

The usually reliable Insurance Marine News reports that investigators are now saying the explosions were triggered from within a cargo hold of the tanker after an accumulation of flammable gas. There was no oil cargo on the ship at the time. The force of the explosions fanned out from the cargo holds, severely damaging other compartments and ripping open part of the main deck.

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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