Friday, January 19, 2018

Another tanker fire

Another tanker fire The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has claimed to have contained a fire that broke out on board the 2000-built, 46,145 dwt Indian flag product tanker ‘Genessa’, earlier this week. 
Messaging on Twitter, the ICG said that it had saved all of the 26 crew on board, including two who suffered major burns. One has since passed away.

It also said that it suspected that the fire started in the vessel’s accommodation area or engine room, while the vessel was at Kandla anchorage, Gulf of Kutch, western India on Wednesday.

‘Genessa’ was reportedly carrying at least 30,000 tonnes of diesel fuel when the fire started. She was believed to be managed by Seven Islands Shipping.

An ICG hovercraft was deployed to check the shoreline for oil traces, however, the Ministry of Defence for Gujarat State stated that ocean water samples showed no signs of an oil spill.

Meanwhile, the wreck of NITC’s sunken Suezmax ‘Sanchi’ has been located, Beijing said on Wednesday, but gave no new details about the environmental impact of the disaster, although reports continued to emerge of a massive oil slick.

‘Sanchi’ sank on Sunday after a new fire erupted, following the collision with a Chinese bulk carrier a week earlier. The bodies of only three of the 32 crew members — 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis — had been found thus far.

“The location of the wreck has been confirmed,” China's transport ministry said on its official social media platform, adding that the ship lay at a depth of around 115 m. “Underwater robots will be deployed to explore the wreck waters,” the ministry added.

Takuya Matsumoto, a spokesman for Japan's coastguard said it was not yet clear how much fuel remained in the ship, Associated Press reported.

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