MOSCOW, June 11 (Reuters) – Three people were missing and two injured on Tuesday after a blast on an oil tanker caused a fire while it was pumping oil in the southern Russian port of Makhachkala, Russia’s Transport Ministry said.
The port is functioning as normal despite the incident, the RIA news agency cited the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation as saying.
The fire occurred on the VF-Tanker 16 vessel, which is owned by the Volga shipping agency, part of the UCL Holding transport group’s shipping division.
Russian news agencies said the three missing people had been killed. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov and Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens) (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019.
Volga Shipping released the statement below:
Today, at about 4:30 a.m. (Moscow time), at the port of Makhachkala, an explosion occurred in the engine room of M/V VF Tanker-16 followed by smoke spreading to the accommodation spaces of the superstructure.
Out of 12 crew members, nine were evacuated including three who have been taken to medical centers.
The fire has been contained.
After the arrival of the Emergency and Disaster Response (EDR) team three persons were pronounced dead on scene.
Special services are on site and the investigation is underway.
According to the statement of the Emergency and Disaster Response Ministry, there is no risk of an oil spill in the port of Makhachkala.
The company will provide all possible assistance with the investigation of the causes of the accident and the situation in the water area.
File photo shows the bunkering tanker VF-Tanker 16. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Yevgeniy B.