Posted on April 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted onboard the Indian-flagged Suezmax-class Crude Oil Tanker, MAHARAJA AGRASEN in the evening of April the 13th while the vessel was docked at the port of Mumbai, India.
The fire began shortly after the tanker’s arrival to Mumbai, at approximately 21:30 in the evening.
The vessel had left Saudi Arabia with a cargo of crude oil and had just reached the port of Mumbai when a fire erupted that proceeded to envelop the ship’s superstructure.
According to initial reports, the fire first started in the engine room, but there is currently limited information available as to the size of the fire and the extent of the damage on the vessel.
"The reason is still unclear as to why this happened but we came to know that the initial cause may be a short circuit. A fire may have broken inside one of the chambers,” said an officer working for the local maritime authority in a statement.
Unfortunately, the Chief Engineer onboard the Maharaja Agrasen died in the ensuing blaze, while the Second Engineer and motorman suffered severe burns and had to be immediately hospitalized. Their injuries are quite severe, and they remain in the Intensive Care Unit.
Following the fire, the tanker was taken out of Mumbai harbour and was brought to anchor at Mumbai’s Outer Anchorage.
As of writing this, the vessel still remains at anchor outside the harbour, but with no search & rescue ships or tugs nearby, it’s safe to assume that there is no longer a fire onboard the vessel.
Local police authorities have opened an investigation into the incident. There were a total of over 39 crew members on board the vessel when the fire first started.