Explosion in engine room of product tanker Weichselstern caused injury of two engineers from the crew. The vessel was anchored at Neue Weser Anchorage, north off Wilhelmshaven in Germany, when fuel gasses inflamed and exploded into the engine compartment during routine maintenance operations of machinery. The Second and Third engineers suffered heavy burns and were transported to the hospital in Hamburg for medical treatment without immediate danger for their life. The explosion did not extended to fire and was quickly extinguished by the rest of the crew. The vessel suffered serious damages and remain anchored in North Sea.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The ship will be repaired and fully inspected for seaworthiness and safety. During the explosion there was no water pollution and oil leaks.
The product tanker Weichselstern (IMO: 9183829) has overall length of 162.00 m, moulded beam of 26.00 m and maximum draft of 6.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 21,852 DWT and the gross tonnage is 14,400 GRT. The ship was built in 1999 by Gdynia Shipyard in Poland. The owner and operator of the product tanker Weichselstern is German company TB Marine Shipmanagement.