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Deaths reported from Monday’s Indonesian tanker blaze

Having earlier said there were no casualties from Monday’s terrible fire on an Indonesian aframax undergoing repairs, police reported yesterday that seven workers died in the blaze, while another 22 are undergoing treatment for burns at a hospital in North Sumatra.

The severe fire broke out on the Jag Leela, a 21-year-old aframax tanker, which was under repair at Waruna Shipyard in Belawan. The fire spread to a ship alongside as well.

Investigations into how the accident happened are ongoing.

 

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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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