Two seamen were injured after explosion on bunker tanker Mercuria at the port in Taranto, Italy. The accident happened during maintenance works, probably including welding. Gasses at non-ventilated compartment exploded and were followed by fire on board. The fire was quickly extinguished by crew and did not spread on board. The two crew members who were doing the maintenance works were slightly injured, but were transported to local hospital for treatment. The other people on board were unharmed and remained on board. The local authorities detained the bunker tanker Mercuria for further repairs and inspection. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
There is no report about water pollution of serious damages on board of the vessel. The ship will return in operations after special survey and inspection.
The bunker tanker Mercuria (IMO: 9014547) has overall length of 38.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the tanker is 1,100 DWT and the gross tonnage is 513 GRT. The vessel was built in 1989 by Union Naval Valencia shipyard in Spain.