Five missing after Malaysian chemical tanker fire

on Jul 26, 2012

 Five crew members were missing after a Malaysian tanker caught fire in the South China Sea early today, the vessel’s operator said.

The accident occurred at a methanol terminal run by national energy firm Petronas on the island of Labuan off the Malaysian portion of Borneo island, the shipping company MISC said.
In a statement it said the ship, a chemical and palm oil tanker, had 29 crew members – 23 Malaysians and six Filipinos.

“At present, 24 have been safely brought ashore whilst five are still unaccounted for,” it said.
Petronas is the parent company of MISC.

The statement did not indicate what caused the fire or whether the tanker was loaded at the time.
Company officials declined to comment when contacted.
MISC said authorities had been notified of the accident and were responding but did not elaborate or provide any details.




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