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Tanker Inferno: Disaster If Vessel Hits Nearby Gas Silo

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KUALA LUMPUR: Rescue crew in Labuan are now scrambling to prevent a potential catastrophe following the explosion of the MSC tanker, Bunga Alpinia 3, here this morning.

Sources from the Maritime Response Coordination Centre (MRCC) told Malaysian Digest that as of 11am, rescue personnel were still trying to put out the blaze on the tanker, which was believed to be laden with liquefied natural gas (LNG).

 

 

The MRRC spokesman told Malaysian Digest that their main concern now is to prevent the tanker from hitting the nearby Labuan Petronas methanol silo.

The 172-metre long vessel is now drifting a mere 150 metres away from the silo. Authorities fear that if the flames from the tanker ignite the methanol silo, it could result in massive destruction of the surrounding area.

“That is our biggest fear at the concern at the moment. An outcome like that would be catastrophic, to say the least,” said the source.

It is understood that Petronas staff at the silo are on alert for any eventuality, including evacuation. It is also learnt that residents from the nearby Patau-Patau and Rancha-Rancha residential areas have also been placed on high alert, with the possibility of evacuation.

It was earlier reported that the tanker, registered in Port Klang to MSC, sustained a freak lightning strike around 2.30am which set the ship ablaze.

Meanwhile, the death toll remains at one. Authorities told Malaysia Digest that the body of the man was found at the jetty following the explosion. His nationality remains unidentified for now.

Three people – a Petronas staff, a flourmill worker and a tanker crew – were the latest to be rescued from the blaze.

The rescued crew member has been identified as Ridwan Rahmatullah from Terengganu. All three have been rushed to the Labuan Hospital for treatment.

So far, 26 crew members have been rescued, with five still missing.

Of the five, four are Malaysians, with the last one being Filipino. Rescue workers are looking into the possibility that they may have jumped out of the ship when the blaze occurred.

 

Tanker inferno: Dead crewman is Malaysian

 

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Some survivor

 

Tanker inferno: Dead crewman is Malaysian

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