Apparently the tank being purged for cleaning was 4C.
What does flag state report mean when it says IGS not operating.
They had lots of extra people on board for tank cleaning
and maybe repairs.
To clean a tank it must be purged,
so that tank is necessarily not inerted.
And it appears that that was the tank that ignited.
Strange that it ignited in early morning hours.
Do they mean before working hours.
On top of the four that were lost
in abandoning ship,
three others were killed including the C/O.
Sounds like these 3 were near or in the tank.
Fire burned for 3 hours,
but apparently did not spread to other tanks.
This hints that there was quite a bit of cargo
left in the tank.
It also hints that the other tanks were inerted.
DSN picture shows the explosion has blown
a big hole in the deck just forward of the cargo hose cranes.
The hole extends out to the port gunnel
but does not appear to extend down to the waterline.
Such damage should not normally sink a pre-Marpol ship in ballast.
A pre-Marpol VLCC in ballast is normally
in a very low stress situation.
Fire is totally out, no smoke.
Weather is not that bad, no more than Force 5.
Perhaps there was some underwater damage
and the 4 across flooded.
We need the tank plan.
Flag state report blamed Master for being
slow to abandon, instead calling for tugs and helicopters.
But going to the life boats is a dangerous process
as this incident proves.
No one should even abandon until he absolutely
has too, especially if there is good reason
to believe the ship will survive.
Many unanswered questions.
Need to get flag state report.
But Ocean Tankers is a very wealthy,
very well connected Singaporean shipo owner.
CTX will be plesantly surprised
if the Singapore report gets to the bottom of this.