The product tanker Reia Faye caught fire after explosion in the engine room off Bataan, Philippines. The vessel weas anchored at Barangay Luz, but some fuel fumes exploded during welding works at the engineering compartment, which caused all the crew to jump overboard. Many of the 18 crew members suffered injuries, some were heavy burnt and hospitalized for medical treatment. The fire was extinguished by the local authorities and did not caused additional damages of the vessel and did not spread to the cargo compartment. Additional details about the accident were no disclosed, but the local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident.
There were no injured people during the accident. The engine compartment of product tanker Reia Faye was seriously damaged by the explosion and fire. Probably the accident was caused by the violation of the safety instructions and welding works of fuel tanks. The vessel was detained for further investigation and special safety inspection.
The product tanker Reia Faye (IMO: 8772790) has deadweight of 1,200 DWT and operates under the flag of Philippines. The ship is owned and managed by the local company Qea Marine Services and Trading.