Oil barge explodes near Indonesian LPG carrier

An Indonesia LPG tanker narrowly avoided a major catastrophe yesterday after an oil barge exploded very nearby at a local yard in East Kalimantan.

The barge exploded at he PT Barokah Galangan Perkasa shipyard in close proximity to the moored Grace V, a 1989-built, 2,010 cu m LPG carrier owned by local owner, Bahari Nusantara.

Dramatic footage of the ship explosion was captured on video.

The explosion could be heard in villages many kilometres away, according to local reports.

The fire has since been put out and an investigation into the source of the blaze is underway.

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.


  1. So much for advocating the use of this type of volatile fuel as the main source of propulsion

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