49 man crew is over-sized.
Maybe they had a repair team on-board.
The Taylor pictures indicate a tank explosion
between the two houses.
Holed hatch coamings would put gas on deck
and allow a source of ignition on deck to get into the tanks.
The two-house design protects the intervening deck area
from the wind, and can allow vapor build up.
We don't know if the ship was inerted,
although Taylor's reference to "gas lines" indicates maybe she was.
But inerting wouldn't do much good, and possibly harm,
if the IG lines are holed.
Clearly lousy maintenance, abetted by an understanding Classification Society.
Most of the Cherry tankers were classed Det Norske Veritas,
but we need confirmation.
The MSC entry is a summary of the flag state (Singapore)
It is typical. No real cause, but it must have been the crew's fault.
Solution: issue a circular on safe practice.
But for once we have real info from a third party.
Without Taylor's input, this would simply be another case of
who knows/must have been a crew screw-up.
The evidence of owner and class malpractice was obvious
to any non-layman (and probably most laymen as well),
yet it never showed up in the flag state report,
and whatever class knew is under the Class/Owner Confidentiality agreement.
We don't have a good cause code for this sort to thing. Called it HP.