Collision Causes Explosion and Deaths of 9 Crew Members

19th July 2017 / news

Several vessels were involved in a collision that caused a cargo tank to rupture and spill naphtha. The ignition of the chemical engulfed the sea waters surrounding two of the vessels. Nine crew members on one of the involved ships perished in the disaster, and several more were injured. Three crew members on the second ship sustained injuries also.

Two of the vessels were traveling at full speed when the collision occurred, even though standard procedure calls for a vessel to slow any time there is a situation, or when the actions and intentions of another vessel are in question.

At the time of the collision, the OOW, CO, and the 2nd officer were conversing and joking instead of remaining focused on the maneuver of their ship, which was crossing a traffic lane being traversed by two other vessels.  Two of the vessels collided and the explosion ensued. *source

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