An explosion and fire in the engine room of the Liberian steam tanker
Al Malik Saud Al-Awal at the Venezuela port of La Salina
on June 9, 1966,
killed 8 crew members and injured another six.
The explosion occurred at 3 am
while the vessel was loading crude oil for the Las Minas refinery at Panama.
Her funnel also collapsed.
The blazing tanker, loaded with 130,000 barrels of medium crude,
was then towed out from the loading pier,
and placed aground on the western side of Lake Maracaibo.
The fire, which was extinguished four days later,
was found to have extensively damaged the after 220 feet of the vessel,
which was completely gutted from her top deck to the 33 ft waterline,
including all the accommodation, boilers, steering gear and engine room.