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2013 Jul 15

Empty oil tanker catches fire; crewman feared dead

One crewman is feared dead and two injured after an empty oil tanker caught fire off the coast of Pulau Kukup here.

Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Southern Region enforcement chief Maritime First Admiral Adon Shalan said Sunday that officials managed to save 22 crewmen who were on the burning vessel but one remains missing.

“The fire reportedly started at around 4.40pm but authorities are finding it difficult to control the flames,” he said when contacted at around 11.15pm on June 14.

He said that the whole crew consisted of Indian nationals who were travelling from Batam, Indonesia to India when the fire started at 2.6 nautical miles from Pulau Kukup.

“The whole group were rescued and brought to the marine police jetty in Kukup at around 10.05pm.

“Two of the crewmen sustained burns and are being treated for their injuries,” he said.

He added that MMEA had also roped in officials from the Marine Department and Port of Tanjung Pelepas to deal with the fire.

“The MT Samudra usually carries oil but we were informed by the crew that it was empty when the fire broke out,” he said adding that the search for the remaining crewman could only be conducted once the flames were brought under control.

Source: www.thestar.com.my; Desiree Tresa Gasper

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