Incident Photo – Chemical Tanker Ablaze after Collision With Container Ship

Mike Schuler
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February 10, 2009

Chemical anker Kashmir on fire off the coast of Dubai

A chemical tanker carrying about 30 tons of oil condensate burst into flames today after colliding with a small container ship just off the coast of Dubai.  The tanker was on its way from Iran to the UAE and was about 5 miles from its destination port of Jebel Ali when the incident happened.

According to the Associated press, two of the tanker’s crew had to be pulled from the water with minor injuries, but no casualties have been reported.  The container ship was also reported to be on fire with none of the crew suffering injuries.

The fires have since were put out within two hours and both ships have since been removed from the shipping channel with traffic returning to normal.  The tanker has been identified as Maltese-flagged, Kashmir, and the container ship is the Singapore flagged Sima Saman.

Reuters has a slideshow of the incident HERE

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