Posted on December 18, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Six people were injured when a pilot boat was hit by an explosion while supplying an LPG tanker at an anchorage off Batu Pahat, Malaysia, at approximately 6 pm on December the 14th.
The Liberian-flagged LPG Tanker, GAS Infinity, was engaged in a supplying operation with a pilot boat, when an explosion occurred onboard the smaller vessel.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) arrived at the scene with five members, after having received a report of the incident.
"As soon as we arrived, we found that an explosion had occurred on the pilot boat that was docked beside the gas tanker that was transferring items. We remind all shipping operators and maritime communities to always abide by the law and always emphasize safety aspects when doing any activity at sea” said in a statement, MMEA’s Batu Pahat Zone Director, Commander Mohammad Othan.
As a result of the explosion, 6 seafarers (four belonging to the pilot boat, and two belonging to the LPG carrier) received extensive burn injuries and had to be rushed to the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital (HSNI) for further treatment.
As of writing, their condition is considered stable.
Both vessels sustained damages as a result of the explosion, the extent of which is yet to be determined at this point in time.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
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