SCI’s Tanker “in Full Command” after Explosion

The crude oil tanker Desh Vaibhav is totally under control and the vessel continues to be in full command following an explosion on board, the ship’s owner the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) informed.

The company added that all personnel who had left the vessel are back on board safely. However, two casualties have been reported and are being sent ashore, while one crewman, that was injured in the incident, is being treated in the hospital at Muscat, Oman.

The 2005-built Desh Vaibhav, which suffered an explosion in the early morning hours of August 14, would be shortly shifted to the nearest port for assessment of damage and repairs.

SCI earlier said that based on the preliminary information the tanker “reportedly suffered an explosion in one of its cargo tanks” while it was offshore Oman, sailing from Sikka, India to Fujairah, UAE.

The events that led to the explosion are currently unknown.

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