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.