Posted on July 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
An explosion occurred onboard the Italian-flagged LPG Tanker, SYN ZANIA during the evening hours of July 1st, while the vessel was undergoing mooring operations at Aliaga, Turkey.
The incident occurred at approximately 23:30, in the Nmr. 5 Pier of the Petik Refinery Terminal.
The vessel was in the process of loading up cargo when an explosion rocked the ship and proceeded to start a fire that raged for several hours.
Firefighting engines and fire boats were immediately deployed at the scene; it took the firefighting crews the better part of 3 hours to manage and successfully put out the blaze.
There were 16 crew members onboard at the time of the incident, including 15 Italians and 1 Romanian national.
Unfortunately, a number of crew members aboard the vessel suffered injuries during the explosion and had to be hospitalized.
Regrettably, one of the hospitalized seafarers succumbed to his injuries despite medical intervention.
The 11-year old ship suffered extensive damages during the explosion and the subsequent fire.
As of writing, cooling operations continue on the ship.
We don’t currently know the full extent of the damage or the reason behind the explosion. However, an investigation into the incident has been launched.