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SHIP NAME: Altair KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 6
source LMIU
type C
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dead 3
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Broke in two following explosion in South China Sea, off south-eastern Peninsular Malaysia, 25 Sep 1993 Sank same day in 03 18.11 N 104 56.18 E. 3 crew missing


source SSY
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Broke in two and sank off Malaysia following explosion during tank cleaning.


source SN
type A
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On September 25th, 1993, while proceeding on a ballast voyage from South Korea to Johore state Malaysis, the 11 year old Altair broke in two following an explosion in the South China sea, 47 mi NE of Tioman Island. She sank 75 minutes later in Lat 03.18.11N 104.56.18E. Of her 21 Korean crew, 18 were rescued by the container ship Choyang Express. The others were missing and presumed dead. It was later reported that the crew were tank cleaning at the time of explosion.


source FSI 3/5 Annex 2
type A
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dead 3
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From the initial investigation, we can only guess that the cause of the explosion arose from some sparks generated during the unfastening of frozen bolts/nuts. Some amount of explosive vapours could still be floating around in the cargo oil tanks, as the tanks were not inerted after discharging of naptha.


source Oil Spills in Washington State
type A
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July 1993, the tanker Altair was boarded and briefly detained in Victoria, B.C. by the Canadian Coast Guard. Two months later the Altair blew up and sank in the South China Sea.


source CTX
type D
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dead 3
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Ship had a GRT of 12101, built 1982. Was she still exempt from inerting? Ship is ex-Willtoc Kuwait FSI summary references FSI 3/5 No 119.