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SHIP NAME: Yellow Fin KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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Immobilised by fire in engine-room abt 160 miles S of Sri Lanka Jul 03 1992 Taken in tow, anchored Trincomalee Roads Jul 09 Cargo transhipped Towed into Singapore Aug 27 Sailed Nov 18 Towed out from Johore River Apr 02 1993 for China. Sold Chinese breakers Delivered prev Apr 23.


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At about 03:15 on 2 July 1992, the VLCC Yellow Fin with a full cargo of 242,797 mt of Arabian crude oil suffered a serious, but not major fire.

A fire broke out in the Engine Room at 03:15 during normal steaming, when fue4l (gas oil) escaped from a broken fuel line. Fuel sprayed the hot surface of a diesel generator, and immediately ignited. The engine room was evacuated then flooded with CO2. Reentry into the engine room was postponed to permit an adequate cooling down period.

The prompt and effective action by the tanker's crew prevented a major fire, and excessive pollution of the Seas.

Due to the depressed charter rates for a VLCC, and the dismal outlook for employment, owners elected to accept 'unrepaired damage claim' from underwritters [sic], and to sell her for scrap. Yellow Fin was not a total loss, constructive toatl [sic] loss or arranged compromised loss!

Accident was the result of Force Majeure, and no negligence is to be attributed to Owners, Operators, Officers or Crew, or Classification Society ABS. The direct consequence to this vessel as a result of the accident were not the determining factors for scraping [sic] it.


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The FSI entry is based on the flag state (Liberian) report which seems much more interested in keeping the casualty out of the IMO major category, then determining why the fuel line failed. This is a very rare FOC report that names the Classification Society, but then only to exonerate it.