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Engine room fire on Dubai Navigation aframax sees Sture terminal evacuated

A fire in the engine room of aframax tanker Dubai Harmony saw Equinor’s Sture terminal evacuated on Friday.

The terminal, located at Øygarden on the west coast of Norway near Bergen, had a total of 102 people at the terminal when a fire was reported on the vessel which was moored at the quayside.

All 23 crew on the ship were accounted for, and personnel at the terminal were evacuated as a precautionary measure leaving 22 people with emergency preparedness duties at the terminal.

By Friday afternoon, Equinor said that the fire on the vessel had been extinguished and that production at the Sture terminal was not affected by the incident.

Dubai Harmony is owned by United Arab Emirates-headquartered owner Dubai Navigation and managed by Hong Kong’s Wallem.

When contacted by Splash, Dubai Navigation CEO Lars Juul Jorgensen  said he was onboard the vessel to closely follow the progress made by the crew and ship manager.

Local authorities have started an investigation into the incident. The root cause of the fire and full extent of the damage is not yet known.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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