The product tanker Feng Sheng You 8 suffered three explosions at Port of Hainan Dongfang in China. The explosion occurred in engine room compartment of the vessel, where burned over 60 tons of fuel. The cargo of 3,400 tons of naphtha was not affected, but all the 17 crew members were trapped inside the vessel’s superstructure. At the scene of the fire were dispatched more than 50 firefighters, two tugs and several hazmat teams, who found and evacuated 16 people, but one went missing. All the rescued people were transported to the hospital, but unfortunately one of them died and another three are badly injured.
The firefighters and witnesses accounted three consecutive explosions, which extended into file. Currently the firefighters and tugs are pouring water over the cargo tanks, to prevent inflammation of the 3,400 tons of naphtha in the cargo tanks and also trying to extinguish the flames in the superstructure and engine compartment.
The hazmat teams are monitoring the area around the vessel and there are some oil spills. The authorities set 3-km security and environmental zone around the vessel in case of additional explosions.
After about a day of firefighting the flames were completely extinguished in the afternoon on October 20. The firefighters filled the compartment with CO2 gas, which extinguished the flames and stopped the spread of the fire. There are no additional explosions and no serious water pollution. The vessel was boarded with inspectors and officers, who will follow investigation and will assess the damages.
The product tanker Feng Sheng You 8 has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The vessel is operated and owned by Guangdong Dongguan Fenghai Shipping.