China Shipping Tanker Catches Fire off Shanghai

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 4, 2015

Oil tanker. Pic by csgjs

Oil tanker. Pic by csgjs

 Oil tanker Ye Chi reported fire in superstructure in living quarters to MRCC Shanghai caught fire yesterday (August 3) afternoon off Dayangshan Island, Shanghai.

 
Five crew were seriously injured in fire, they’ve been taken to hospital, one of them died. The remaining 20 crew were rescued unharmed.
 
The 45,740-dwt vessel, operated by China Shipping Group’s oil shipping arm China Shipping Tanker, was under way sailing from Jinshan (south of Shanghai) to Singapore, with 29000 tons of diesel oil on board. 
 
Shanghai sent Coast Guard ship to tanker, which according to AIS, dropped an anchor in Hangzhou Bay some 35 nm east of Jinshan. By 1400 UTC fire was reported to be under control.
 
The accident was the second involving a China Shipping tanker in the past two weeks. Another tanker operated by the company, Bai Chi, was involved in a collision at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port on July 24th.
 
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