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Indonesian chief engineer suffers 80% burns following engine room fire

The chief engineer of an Indonesian general cargo vessel is in a critical condition in hospital following a fire in the ship’s engine room yesterday morning at Tanjung Perak port in East Java.

The ship, Ise Baru, was due to sail to North Borneo when an explosion and ensuing fire broke out on the 29-year-old ship. The chief engineer suffered 80% burns and threw himself in the water where he was rescued and taken to hospital.

“At first it seemed a puff of smoke, and then the sound of an explosion. After that flames emerged from the vessel. Then all the crew scrambled to save themselves,” one of the crew told local media.

Authorities are still investigating how the accident happened. The fire was eventually doused after six hours. The vessel is owned by local firm Indah Lines.

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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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