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Tanker explosion and fire in Taiwan Strait, 1 crew died, 6 injured

Product tanker CHUANG YI suffered an explosion, followed by fire, at around 1600 LT (UTC +8) on Apr 16 in Taiwan Strait some 170 nm ESE of Hong Kong. 6 crew were reported injured, and 1 died in an explosion. MRCC Hong Kong said the fire was extinguished, and 2 helicopters and planes were sent to the tanker to evacuate the injured crew.

The first helicopter arrived at the scene at around 1900 UTC, of 6 injured 4 are said to be in serious condition. It is not clear what kind of operations the tanker is engaged in, cruising between Kaohsiung Taiwan and areas in Taiwan Strait, sometimes sailing in loops, sometimes staying adrift or anchored. Bunkering or STS?

Oil/Chemical Tanker CHUANG YI is currently located at SCHINASouth China at position 22° 22′ 47.7″ N, 120° 02′ 43.4″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2022-04-10 05:18 UTC (6 days, 16 hours ago)

The vessel departed from KAOHSIUNG, TW on 2022-03-30 20:18 LT (UTC +8) and is currently sailing at 1.8 knots in Southwest direction heading to KAOHSIUNG, TW with a reported Estimated Time of Arrival at 2022-04-15 16:00 LT (UTC +8) local time (1 day, 13 hours ago)

CHUANG YI (IMO: 9196656) is an Oil/Chemical Tanker that was built in 2000 (22 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Panama.
Its carrying capacity is 9995 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 6.2 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 119 meters and her width is 17.8 meters.

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Sources: Marine Traffic + Accidents by Mikhail Voytenko 

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