Caught fire after explosion in No 3 tank
in lat 18.56N, long 177.32E on 20/04/92.
Vessel towed to Hong Kong where arrived 24/04/92.
Subsequently taken to Shanghai for break-up.
The proximate cause of the explosion
was the ignition of hydrocarbon gas in the flammable limits,
which was vented from cargo spaces prior to tank cleaning.
No positive determination can be made
as to the actual sources of ignition,
but the fact that a working crew was on deck forward
leads to a qualified determination
that the ignition was generated by some act
of the working crew.
In view of the prior contact damage on 10 April 1992,
ten days prior to the explosions,
it is appreciated that considerable work
was to be accomplished in the general area of the forecastle