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Chemical tanker explodes in Nanjing, two missing

A chemical tanker exploded at the anchorage area near a petrochemical terminal operated by Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical in Nanjing yesterday.

According to local media reporting, the explosion happened during maintenance work on chemical tanker Su Dong You 0020, with the vessel anchored next to it Su Dong You 0021 also suffering damage. There was no chemicals loaded onboard the two vessels when the explosion occurred.

The fire on the two vessels has been put out, and six of the eight crew onboard them have been rescued, however another two crew members are missing.

Authorities have started investigations into the accident while search and rescue operations are ongoing.

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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