Mumbai: Three crew members were on Saturday
injured when a Marshall Islands-flagged chemical tanker parked
at the Mumbai Port Trust here caught fire, an official said.
The chemical tanker `Royal Diamond 7` was berthed at
the New Pir Pau berth (chemical jetty) at the port to
discharge a consignment of 2000 tons of Toluene imported by
Aegis Chemicals Limited.
The vessel had completed the cargo discharge
operations by 11:30 AM and was carrying out stripping move for
sailing out. However, before the ship could set out of the
pier, an explosion occurred at its fore.
"It appears that the blaze started from one of the
holes at the fore below the deck of the tanker," the official
The Port fire service personnel sprung into action to
douse the blaze which was immediately brought under control
with the help of fire tenders of Brihanmumbai Municipal
Corporation (BMC), Tata Power and Aegis.
"Four fire fighting tugs have also been pressed into
service", said an official.
The Chairman of the port trust had deputed the deputy
conservator and the chief mechanical engineer to the chemical
jetty to personally supervise the fire-fighting operations, he
According to officials, the vessel will be removed
from jetty to a safer location in the harbour.