Russian tanker VF Tanker 7 exploded at ship repair yard Terem in Varna, Bulgaria. The vessel was docked for maintenance and repair works, but caught fire after explosion in fuel tank compartment. The accident was immediately reported to the local authorities and at the scene were sent firefighting teams. There are no reports about injuries and gassing of the region. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident and was formed crisis center to assess the situation. According to the local media the accident happened during welding works on vessel’s hull, but there is no danger fire to extend to nearby ships.
The firefighters are working to get control over the flames and to extinguish the fire. On-site arrived teams from the firefighting department and police, which will help with investigation.
There is no danger for the population in vicinity, as tanker VF Tanker 7 was not carrying dangerous cargo.
The oil product tanker VF Tanker 7 (IMO: 9640554) has overall length of 140.85 m, moulded beam of 16.80 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 7,036 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,075 GRT. The product tanker was built in 2012 by Krasnoye Sarmovo Shipyard in Nizhniy Novgorod in Russia.