The oil product tanker Bao Shan III caught fire at the dock in Taichung port, Taiwan. The fire started in pumps control room after short circuit, but crew reacted immediately and evacuated the compartment. The CO2 firefighting system was activated and the flames were completely extinguished within several minutes. The accident was reported to the local authorities and shore teams poured water over the pump room area to prevent increasing temperature to the tanks. The vessel was loaded with jet fuel, but the cargo was not affected by the fire. The local authorities ordered special survey and inspection before start to offload the product tanker Bao Shan III. The unloading of the jet fuel was scheduled for today afternoon, after the safety was ensured.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. There were no injured people and no water pollution. The vessel did not suffered damages during the fire and was released to return in service.
The oil product tanker Bao Shan III (IMO: 9276456) has overall length of 90.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 4,990 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,568 GRT. The ship was built in 2002 by Fong Kuo Shipbuilding in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The tanker Bao Shan III is operating under the flag of Taiwan and managed by CPC Corp.