Singapore oil tanker hit by explosion caused by 'external source' off Saudi Arabia

Una petroliera battente bandiera di Singapore è stata colpita “una fonte esterna” durante lo scarico nel porto di Jeddah in Arabia Saudita lunedì, il proprietario e operatore Hafnia ha detto in una dichiarazione.

L'incidente, which occurred at approximately 00:40 ora locale, causato “an explosion and subsequent fire onboard,” la società ha detto, as well as hull damage. It remains unclear at this time what theexternal source” era.
The Master immediately ceased all discharge operations and enacted emergency procedures onboard,” la dichiarazione ha aggiunto.
The crew has extinguished the fire with assistance from the shore fire brigade and tug boats, and all 22 seafarers have been accounted for with no injuries. Hafnia saidit is possible that some oil has escaped from the vessel, but this has not been confirmed and instrumentation currently indicates that oil levels on board are at the same level as before the incident.
    Cooling procedures and inerting of cargo space have been started to avoid any more potential fires, while ship stability is being assessed before continuing with any further operations, the company added.
    Inerting is the introduction of a non-combustible gas into a confined space to lessen the risk of fire.
      Hafnia said it has activated its shore-based emergency response team and all relevant authorities have been advised of the incident. “(Noi siamo) working with them to ensure the ongoing security of the crew, vessel and environment,” la società ha detto.
      Singapore-based Hafnia operates a fleet of 178 vessels and provides transportation of oil and oil productsto leading national and international oil companies, major chemical companies, as well as trading and utility companies,” secondo la dichiarazione.

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