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SHIP NAME: Suva KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source CARGOLAW
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Ice-class, 30,000gt. M/T Suva (built 1993), Singapore for Saudi Arabia suffered exhaust pump explosion 5pm May 1, during welding operations -- killed 4 Chinese nationals and injured a Filipino and a Singaporean-- now docked 9 NM off Muka Head, to bring in the injured. (Tues. May 2 2006)


source ISNTC
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vlcc SUVA (Panama, 153332gt), Singapore for Fujaira on ballast, had a flash fire in an empty cargo tank, 30-April-2006 off Penang Malaysia. Four repair crew (Chinese) were killed and two (Singaporean and Filipino) were injured. The blast was believed to have occurred during welding work.


source Manila Times
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A FILIPINO seaman was among those injured in a blast that took place on a super tanker off Malaysia’s northern resort island of Penang, reports said Tuesday. The reports gathered by AFP named the Filipino as Jeselton Claver Adel, 25. A Singaporean national, Lim Puck Chow, was also hurt. He was sent to an undisclosed hospital.

The explosion also killed four Chinese crewmen of the 30,000-ton Panama-registered ship MT Suva. The fatalities were Xu Xiad Ong, 39; Lui Yong Qian, 27; Kang Fan Lim, 27; and Xia Zhu Lan, 29.

Malaysia’s Northern Region Marine police chief, Zainul Abidin Hassan, said the accident was believed to have occurred during welding work on the vessel late Sunday. “The vessel was sailing from Singapore to India when the blast happened,” Zainul Abidin was quoted as saying by the national Bernama news agency.

The Suva was lying about 215 nautical miles west of Penang when the blast took place.

A Singaporean contract worker told Bernama that he boarded the ship with 11 other men to carry out the repair work when the accident occurred. He said one of the dead was scalded by hot steam while two drowned after falling into a water tank. The fourth succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall.


source CTX
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A bunch of conflicting stories.

The 30,000 ton figure is wrong. This is a 1993 built VLCC. Have no idea what happened here, but to use an 11 man riding crew, they must have had a lot of repair work to do.

It is unlikely that we will be enlightened by either flag (Panama) or Class (LR) investigations. For one thing, they won't be made public.