Crewman missing in oil drilling vessel fire
MIRI: An offshore oil and gas drilling vessel, Ocean Geos, caught fire near Baram in the South China Sea yesterday.
Of the 39 crewmen on board one is missing after the fire broke out.
It is learnt that in the 3am incident an explosion occurred in the ship’s engine room that led to the fire.
A search and rescue operation is under way to find the missing Malaysian crewman, said Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Miri chief Mohd Fauzi Othman.
Ocean Geos is owned by a Kuala Lumpur-based company, which is a subcontractor of Petronas. There were 39 workers on board comprising 33 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Thai national. They jumped off the ship during the fire.
The ship was five nautical miles (9.3km) from Miri.