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SHIP NAME: OMI Yukon KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source LMIU
type C
volume
material
dead 4
link

Explosion, fire in engine-room, abandoned Oct 28 1986 in 23 36 N 174 26 W Fire extinguished Nov 05 Taken in tow Nov 11 Towed in Apr 22. Four missing Sold and broken up.


source USCG
type C
volume
material
dead 4
link http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/moa/boards/yukon.pdf

USCG says cause was flush oil (distillate) in bunker tank. Ship bunkers at Barbers Point SBM via multi-purpose line. No flame screen on starboard BFO tank which caught fire. Ship was on way to yard with tank cleaning crew onboard. Source of ignition was probably hot work on aft deck. Weather was calm at the time.

2008-08 this link is broken. No idea where this report went.


source HOOKE
type C
volume
material
dead 4
link

The American steam tanker Omi Yukon was on a ballast passage from Barbers Pt to Ulsan for dry docking, when she was rocked by an explosion and fire in her engine room, 955 miles west of Oahu in lat 23.35N, 174.26W on October 28, 1986. Two further blasts immediately followed with 30 ft flames engulfing the forward and aft sections, with the mid-section glowing red hot as the crew abandoned ship. 33 of the 37 men on board spent the night in two lifeboats before being picked up by a Japanese fishing vessel, which later transferred them to the bulk carrier Dresden. They were then all safely landed at Midway Island. Another four men remained missing, presumed dead.

According to the master, the original blast occurred whenthe vessel's empty tanks were being cleared of explosive gases in order to gas-free her before reaching dry dock. Of the 37 men on board, 26 were American crew members, and 11 were Japanese shipyard employees working in the tanks.

Towed to Japan and scrapped.