Monday, 30 September 2019

STOLT tanker explosion, fire spread to ODFJELL tanker, Korea. VIDEOS. UPDATE




Powerful explosion shattered tanker STOLT GROENLAND, docked t Ulsan port, Korea, at around 1100 Seoul time Sep 28. Explosion was followed by major fire, as of 1300 Seoul time fire is still raging, it spread to tanker BOW DALIAN, moored alongside STOLT GROENLAND and engaged, understood, in STS operation. Of STOLT GROENLAND 25 crew, 19 are accounted for, 6 are missing. Firefighting, SAR are on. STOLT GROENLAND arrived at Ulsan on Sep 26 from Kobe Japan.
UPDATE: All crew accounted for, safe:
Press release:
Press statement on Stolt Groenland September 28,2019 Stolt Tankers reports that today at about 11:00 AM local time its vessel Stolt Groenland suffered from an explosion and consequent fire whilst berthed in the port of Ulsan, South Korea. All crew of the vessel are safe and unharmed and have assembled on shore. Coast Guard and local authorities in Ulsan are responding to the fire. Stolt Groenland is currently in a stable condition alongside. Stolt Tankers would like to express its deepest concern about the incident. The safety of those in the vicinity of the vessel is paramount to the company. Stolt Tankers has activated its emergency response team and is liaising with the local authorities. The exact cause of the incident is yet unknown. More information will follow once available. On behalf of Stolt Nielsen Cor Radings MTI Network
UPDATE 1300 UTC Sep 28: Reportedly, explosion was caused by cargo overheating, STOLT GROENLAND had styrene monomer load in No.9 tank, with neighbouring tanks containing liquids, which should be kept heated. Styrene monomer is a nasty stuff, very toxic and emitting toxic fumes, when on fire. According to latest Korean reports, fire was extinguished after much efforts, with many firefighting teams deployment. STOLT GRONELAND crew consists of 10 Russian and 15 Filipino nationalities, information on injures differs, 8 or 10 or 12 people, including crew and port workers, were injured, all save 1 slightly. One unidentified man suffered serious injures. Officials said, that fire was taken under control by 1630 Seoul time, and fully extinguished by the time this report was written, i.e. by 2200 Seoul time.

STOLT latest press-release:
Stolt Groenland Incident Update 
Stolt Tankers reports that the fire in the cargo section of Stolt Groenland is reported as extinguished, following the explosion at about 11:00 AM local time whilst berthed at Yeompo Quay in the port of Ulsan, South Korea. All seafarers aboard the vessel have been safely evacuated and their families have been informed. Emergency responders continue with fire suppression efforts until all fire risks are eliminated. Senior officers from Stolt Groenland continue to support onsite emergency responders, and Stolt Tankers emergency response team continues to liaise with local authorities. 
The vessel Bow Dalian, moored alongside at the time of the incident, has shifted away from Stolt Groenland. 
Stolt Tankers would like to express its deepest concern about the incident and any potential impact on those that were on board or in the vicinity of the two vessels. The safety of all people on site and the protection of the environment is paramount to the company’s operations. 
Stolt Tankers would like to thank the rescue services for their immediate response to this serious situation. 
The exact cause of the incident is yet unknown.
More information will follow once available.
IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed STOLT GROENLAND as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 32% (11-APR-19), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.

IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed BOW DALIAN as having a ‘amber’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 38% (06-JUN-18), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.
   
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