Crewmember Still Missing After Blast on Board Chemical Tanker Harbour Krystal

Harbour Krystal
M/T Harbour Krystal, Image: Nordic Tankers

Yesterday morning, the chemical tanker Harbour Krystal suffered an explosion and subsequent fire while sailing northbound off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal.  One crewmember is still missing and a search effort is currently underway by Portuguese authorities.

Nordic Tankers, operators of the vessel, report that the vessel is carrying a cargo of light virgin naptha and was bound for Amsterdam at the time of the incident.  In an update on 7 March, a Nordic Tankers’ spokesperson notes “All cargo and bunker tanks remain intact and undamaged and there has been no pollution. The vessel is in a stable condition.”

A later update on 7 March said that the vessel has now entered and anchored in the port of Setubal, Portugal, where a full assessment will be conducted.

MT Harbour Krystal is a 2006 built double hulled tanker of 11,262 dwt.