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SHIP NAME: Crude Ocean KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source GISIS
type A
volume
material
dead 2
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On July 16, 2002 the Liberian registered oil tanker CRUDE OCEAN experienced a steam explosion on board while the vessel was in anchorage off the coast of Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. The explosion occurred at 11:30LT and sadly resulted in the death of two officers, the Chief Engineer and the Second Engineer. Additionally, the Fitter was severely burned and had to be evacuated to receive medical treatment. It was reported that the explosion happened as the Chief Officer and Second Officer were attempting to open a steam valve that had been stuck and not working properly. Their proximity to the steam line led to their being fatally scalded and thrown through the engine room. Because the Fitter was standing further away, he was able to survive the blast.


source CTX
type D
volume N
material
dead dead
link

Liberia submitted a report to IMO, but only the above summary is publicly available. This is a motorship, so at most 20 bar steam system. Crew would not attempt a repair with the system live. Would like to know why the valve was stuck.

Possibly the worst name ever for a tanker.