Two confirmed dead from Indian VLCC explosion

In an update Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has confirmed two seafarers have died following Tuesday morning’s explosion onboard the Desh Vaibhav VLCC off Oman. Another crewmember is being treated for burns at a hospital in Muscat.

The ship will soon make for a nearby port where it will be assessed for damage and repairs.

Some pictures which have appeared on social media show a giant hole in the deck of the tanker. There have been no reports yet of pollution.

Investigations into how the explosion happened are just getting 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.


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