Explosion hits Jiangxi Tongda Shipping tanker, crew member missing

Explosion hits Jiangxi Tongda Shipping tanker, crew member missing

Chinese chemical tanker operator Jiangxi Tongda Shipping has announced that one of the company’s vessels, Tong Da Hua 0098, suffered an explosion onboard this week leading to one crew suffering injury and another missing.

The incident happened when the tanker was sailing on the Yangtze River near Nanjing. The local maritime rescue centre sent three vessels for firefighting and rescue operations and managed to put out the fire in a few hours and evacuated the crew from the ship. The injured crew member was sent to nearby hospital for medical treatment.

According to the company, there was no leak or pollution caused by the explosion as the cargo tank of the vessel was empty when the incident occurred.

Search operations for the missing crew member are still ongoing and authorities have started investigations into the cause of the incident.

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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