One killed, 4 hurt as ship catches fire

16 IN­DIAN SAILORS EVAC­U­ATED SAFELY AF­TER FIRE BREAKS OUT FOL­LOW­ING AN EX­PLO­SION ON THE VES­SEL DOCKED AT SHAR­JAH PORT

Gulf News - - FRONT PAGE - BY AGHADDIR ALI Staff Re­porter

16 In­dian sailors evac­u­ated safely af­ter fire breaks out fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion on the ves­sel docked at Shar­jah’s Al Ham­riyah port |

One crew mem­ber was killed and four oth­ers suf­fered burns af­ter a fire broke out on a ves­sel trans­port­ing a pe­tro­leum prod­uct at Al Ham­riyah port yes­ter­day morn­ing, Shar­jah Civil De­fence said.

A mas­sive ex­plo­sion started the fire and the ves­sel broke in two.

The op­er­a­tions room was alerted at 5.29am about the fire. Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Shar­jah Civil De­fence, said the Pana­maflagged ves­sel was car­ry­ing a con­sign­ment of diesel and was docked at Al Ham­riyah port.

It was trans­port­ing diesel from the UAE to a for­eign des­ti­na­tion.

Col Al Naqbi said the ac­ci­dent took place around 5.29am. The cap­tain and his crew were present on the ves­sel at the time of the in­ci­dent. Six­teen sailors were evac­u­ated safely.

Fire­fight­ers pre­vented the blaze from spread­ing to ad­ja­cent ships and also kept the oil from spilling.

Thick, black smoke was still seen bil­low­ing from the ship yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

A Civil De­fence team boarded the ves­sel and found the body of one per­son and four other sailors with burns.

The in­jured work­ers were trans­ferred to Khal­ifa Hos­pi­tal in Aj­man and Umm Al Quwain hos­pi­tal and they are in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

The sailors, in­clud­ing the de­ceased and the in­jured, are In­di­ans aged be­tween 22 and 30.

Col Al Naqbi said 21 work­ers were on the ves­sel.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion

The ves­sel was handed over to the Shar­jah Po­lice who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and a fire ex­pert vis­ited the site to es­tab­lish the cause of the fire. Dr Ah­mad Abu Sada, di­rec­tor of the emer­gency sec­tion at Khal­ifa Hos­pi­tal, Aj­man, told Gulf

News that three In­dian sailors were ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal. Two of them sus­tained 40-60 per cent sec­ond de­gree burns but were sta­ble.

The third sailor sus­tained frac­tures and wounds on his face. The fourth sailor was taken to Umm Al Quwain.

The body of the de­ceased, iden­ti­fied as S.P.P, 22, was shifted to Al Kuwaiti Hos­pi­tal in Shar­jah.

Rashid Al Shamsi, a lo­cal res­i­dent, told Gulf News that the ex­plo­sion af­fected some houses in the area and the ceil­ing of his house was par­tially dam­aged.

The dam­aged ship and (right) smoke bil­low­ing from the burn­ing ship at Al Ham­riyah port in Shar­jah. The fire started af­ter an ex­plo­sion and the ship broke in two.

Courtesy: Shar­jah Civil De­fence

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