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
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.