Product tanker Spob Kapuas caught fire and exploded off Indonesia

Product tanker Spob KapuasThe product tanker Spob Kapuas caught fire and exploded off East Belitung, Indonesia. The vessel was en route from Pontiak to Merak with cargo of 2500 tons of fuel, when the fire started in engine room and extended to the whole compartment. The crew was unable to extinguish the fire and get control over it, as some fuel exploded in the engine room, causing heavy burns to one crew, while another one was also injured. After the explosion, the crew succeeded to evacuate all the people from the engine compartment and activated CO2 firefighting system, which successfully extinguished the flames. The injured people were transported to the shore, where were hospitalized. the heavy burned seamen is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The damages of the product tanker are under assessment. The engine compartment was well ventilated and crew succeeded to reach it. The vessel lost propulsion power, due to damages of the main engine and diesel generator. At the scene of the accident was dispatched a tug, which should tow the cargo vessel for further repair and inspection in Mangar, East Belitung. The investigation for the root cause of the fire is under way. There is no report about water pollution and oil spill.

The product tanker Spob Kapuas (IMO: 9672624) has overall length of 85.00 m, moulded beam of 20.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,540 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,277 GRT. The cargo vessel was built in 2012 by BH marine and Offshore Engineering in the shipyard in Batam, Indonesia. The owner and operator of the product tanker is Pertamina Trans Kontinental.