An Indian seafarer has died after a fire broke out on a product tanker, identified as Ebrahim 1 (AIS name Rojean), on Saturday morning at Al Hamriyah port in Sharjah, UAE.
An explosion occurred, starting the fire and causing the vessel to break in two.
There were 21 crew onboard at the time, and 16 managed to evacuate unharmed. Sharjah Civil Defence responded to the fire, and found one crew member deceased and four suffering from burns.
Firefighters managed to put out the fire within 40 minutes of the explosion and have controlled the diesel spill which occurred.
India’s Consulate General in Dubai confirmed the deceased seafarer was Indian, as were three of the four injured crew. All of the injured are reported to be in a stable condition.
1 Indian seafarer dead and 3 injured in the explosion. 2 shifted to Mafrak Hospital Abu Dhabi one person is in Khalifa Hospital, Ajman.
— India in Dubai (@cgidubai) May 14, 2017
Local reports say the vessel was transporting diesel from the UAE to a foreign destination.