Fire hits Japanese tanker off Singapore, 18 crew evacuated

Fire hits Japanese tanker off Singapore, 18 crew evacuated

A fire broke out onboard the 8,900 dwt product tanker Hoyu near Horsburgh Lighthouse, eastern Singapore Strait, yesterday forcing 18 crew onboard the ship to be evacuated.

The incident happened when the vessel was en route from Singapore to the Philippines.

According to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Police Coast Guard and Singapore Navy deployed vessels for rescue operations and managed to evacuate all 18 crew safely. The fire has been put out and no injuries or pollution were reported.

The 2009-built vessel is operated by Japanese owner Sampo Unyu.

MPA have started investigations into 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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