Explosion on Indian VLCC off Oman

Three crew are missing and another has been helicoptered to hospital suffering burns after an Indian VLCC in ballast caught fire on Tuesday morning off Oman.

The Desh Vaibhav, belonging to Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), suffered an explosion while en route from India to Fujairah, and in the panic that followed four crew jumped overboard.

SCI has issued a statement stating that the fire in the cargo tank has been subdued and a salvage tug is en route to cool the ship’s tanks.


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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