FIRE

Oil tanker explodes in a port of Thailand, tragedy in the shipyard

An oil tanker exploded on the Mae Klong River in central Thailand. The accident occurred on Tuesday morning (local time) during maintenance work while the ship was docked in Samut Songkhramprovince. The toll as reported in the last hours by the Bangkok Post is one dead, 4 injured and other workers missing.

They show her dense columns of smoke rising from the tanker. According to information, the tanker "Smooth Sea 22" had not loaded crude oil.

The explosion was heard miles away. The windows of the houses were shattered in the surrounding areas. Firefighters extinguished the fire after about an hour. Authorities have launched an investigation into the causes of the accident.

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Ship on fire
An oil tanker exploded on the Mae Klong River in central Thailand. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning (local time) during maintenance work while the ship was docked in Samut Songkhram province. The toll as reported in the last hours by the Bangkok Post is one dead (confirmed), 4 injured and other workers missing.
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There was no oil
The photos show dense columns of smoke rising from the tanker. According to information, the tanker "Smooth Sea 22" had not loaded crude oil. But there were still 25,000 liters of fuel oil and 20,000 liters of diesel while it was moored.
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A big bang
The explosion was heard miles away and the windows of the houses were shattered in the surrounding areas.
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Firefighters at work
News not yet confirmed by the Bangkok Post speak of a second body found burned unrecognizably inside the tanker. Firefighters extinguished the fire after about an hour.
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Unknown cause
The tanker, which has a capacity of 6,500 deadweight tons, was regularly maintained. The explosion would then occur during welding work with 10 workers on board and about 30 workers on the shore of the shipyard. The cause is still unknown. Authorities have launched an investigation into the causes of the accident.
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26/02/2024
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