Posted on April 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
An explosion occurred aboard the Indonesian-flagged Tankship, SUCCESS ENERGY XXXII in the afternoon of April the 24th.
The incident took place at approximately 17:25 pm, at the Sungai Raya Shipyard, located in Karimunbesar Island, Riau Islands, Indonesia.
The tanker was undergoing repairs at the time of the explosion. Two shipyard workers were carrying out welding works on the vessel when an explosion occurred in the starboard cargo tanks area of the vessel.
Initial reports suggest that the cargo tanks still possibly held some oil fumes, which were then ignited by welding sparks during the repairs.
In addition, soon after the explosion, a fire started ravaging through the tanker.
The two workers who were caught in the initial explosion suffered substantial burns and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately the condition of one of the workers is critical.
Local police has opened an investigation into the incident.
There is currently little known information as to the damage caused to the ship by the explosion and the subsequent fire. Furthermore, we don’t yet know if the fire was successfully put out, but according to initial images, it appears extensive.