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SHIP NAME: Efxinos KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 5
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Had explosion in forward section, after completing cargo transfer to crude oil tanker Sebu, off Kalba, UAE, 18 Jun 2003 Under investigation Reported 24 Jun Court hearing to be held Ar Alang 26 Aug for demolition. 4 dead


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Fire 19 km form Fujariah, 4 dead, MT flag


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The Philippine embassy in UAE said the bodies of the victims were recovered later Thursday, according to the report. The blast occurred while "quantities of oil were being transported and unloaded between two tankers seven nautical miles from the UAE coast," the UAE's WAM news agency quoted an official source as saying. The petroleum tanker, Efxinos, had "a malfunction at the forward part of the ship (that) caused a spark and immediately resulted in the explosion," Labor department spokesperson Nicon Fameronag said in Manila. Mussa Murad, director of the port of Fujairah, one of the seven members of the UAE federation, said fires aboard the two vessels had been extinguished Fujairah is one the seven emirates of UAE and is some 150 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi. Officials are investigating the incident. "There was no oil spill The coastguard examined the site (to check whether there was a spill)," an unnamed UAE official quoted by Agence France-Presse said. The WAM news agency did not say under which flags the tankers were sailing and did not specify the nationalities of the dead and missing.


source Daily Shipping NewsLetter 2003-076
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The Panama-flagged, 1993 built, 279,986 Sebu, owned by World Wide Shipping Agency in Singapore had just completed ship to ship transfer to the Maltese flagged 1978-built 57,372 ton Efxinos, owned by Efxinos Shipping. Not quite true, this was a reverse lightering from the Efxinos to the VLCC. CTX]

There were no reports of pollution following the incident and the cause of the explosion is unknown. Billy Chiu chief operating officer of World-Wide Shipping Managers in Singapore, denied earlier wire reports that the explosion followed a collision between the two ships.

"This is not true. The ships were ready for departing," he said. The cargo transfer had been completed two hours earlier at 12:48hrs local time Worldwide said. Unmooring was underway and the Efxinos was casting off its final aft mooring there was an explosion in the forward section of the Greek-owned tanker. "Most of the resulting heavy debris for this explosion cleared Sebu and fell into the surrounding area of sea on the opposite side of Sebu," Worldwide said. There were no injuries to the crew of the Sebu, and ship only sustained minor damage.


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This Efxinos, under the name Mare Princess was found to be leaking from a hull crack at Providence, 1998-09-15. May have been involved in a Cuban spill in 1993.

IMO says the Malta Maritime Authority investigation report has been completed and received, but of course it is confidential. IMO one line summary confirms 4 dead and 2 hurt.

The vessel had just completed STS to Worldwide VLCC Sebu. It is unclear whether the ships had already unmoored at the time of the explosion. One source says Sebu had left the area before explosion. Another says Sebu suffered only minor damage. Another mentions "fires aboard the two vessels." There may have been contact forward during the unmooring.

This is the hottest part of the day during the hottest part of the year in the PG. If it were calm (not confirmed), ideal conditions for vapor build up.

World-wide says the cargo transfer had been completed two hours earlier. The next step for Efxinos would have been the cargo survey. They may have opened the ullage lids to do this.

If opening the ullage lids fo cargo survey was causal, it should have been very important to let other other tanker crew know what happened. Tanker crews tend to be very casual about this implicitly assuming since the tanks are inerted the tank vapor cannot be in the combustible range. But under the current regulatory system such information is suppressed.