Deadly fire rips through Indian offshore support vessel

One person drowned and 13 others suffered burn injuries after a major fire swept through an offshore support vessel in Indian waters yesterday, forcing the crew to jump into the sea.

Another member of the 29-strong crew of the ship Coastal Jaguar, hired by oil major Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, was reported as missing.

At least five of the injured were said to be critical as they suffered severe burns.

The accident occurred late yesterday morning at Visakhapatnam Port Trust’s Single Point Mooring (SPM) Terminal. It took four hours to put out the fire. Investigations are ongoing.

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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