Three crew die in explosion on Russian tanker

Three people died on Saturday November 2nd after an explosion on bunkering tanker Zaliv Amerika (IMO 8714592) near Nakhodka Port, far eastern Russia.

The regional branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee said that a gas and air mixture blast occurred on the tanker on Saturday morning. Two crew were killed by the explosion. A third was thrown into the water by the blast and subsequently drowned.

Port fireboats quickly dealt with the few small fires started by the initial explosion. The cause appeared to be fuel gases exploding in the empty cargo tanks. The heavily damaged tanker was towed from the accident site to an anchorage and docked at the General Cargo Berths on Saturday morning.

The Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport said that the tanker remained airtight and had suffered no exterior damage. However, the interior was severely damaged.

1989-built, Russia-flagged, 1,852 gt Zaliv Amerika is owned and managed by Nayada Co Ltd of Nakhodka, Primorskiy kray, Russia.