One seaman died and another three were injured after bulk carrier Tamar suffered explosion in North Atlantic on about 1,300 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The vessel was en route from Baltimore, USA to Gibraltar, but on Monday morning the Captain reported explosion in ship’s forepeak storeroom. Also the Master of bulk carrier Tamar informed the authorities for one dead following the explosion and three crew with massive burns. The signal was received by the US Coast Guard and at the scene of the troubled vessel was sent New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing with HC-130 aircrew and six pararescuers, as well as one combat rescue officer.
The Canadian Coast Guard also responded to the request and diverted two warships with physician assistants aboard, which were estimated to arrive at the scene after midnight.
Unfortunately one of the heavy injured seaman died, as pararescuers were unable to rescue him. The emergency response continues for two others severely injured in the blast.
The explosion and fire on board were extinguished, but root cause is under investigation. The bulk carrier altered the course of the bulk carrier to Azores, Portugal. The ship’s hull and engineering were unaffected and the vessel proceeded under own power.
The bulk carrier Tamar (IMO: 9456226) has overall length of 190.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 56,563 DWT and the gross tonnage is 32,987 GRT. The ship was built in 2010 by Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry in China.