The general cargo ship Ise Baru caught fire at Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya, Indonesia. The vessel was preparing for leaving the port en route to North Borneo with cargo of general goods, when one of the generators in the engine room started smoking and was followed by explosion. Following the explosion, the Indonesian Chief Engineer suffered serious burns and was thrown at the water, from where was rescued by the crew. The injured seaman was transported to the local hospital in critical condition, having about 80% burns. Later the fire was extinguished by harbor tugs and all the crew was evacuated, but exact volume of damages are under assessment.
The local authorities and firemen started investigation the root cause of the accident. It is not yet clear what caused explosion. The vessel will be inspected before return in operations, but the defected generator probably will need of repairs.
“At first it seemed a puff of smoke, and then the sound of an explosion. After that flames emerged from the vessel. Then all the crew scrambled to save themselves”, said one of the crew in interview to local media.
The general cargo ship Ise Baru has overall length of 48.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 468 DWT. The owner and operator of the Indonesia-flagged ship is Tanjung Priok Indah Lines.