One Dead In Product Tanker Fire


Published Aug 4, 2015 5:00 PM by The Maritime Executive

A crew member was killed when a fire broke out on the product tanker YE CHI, which was sailing from Jinshan, near Shanghai, to Singapore. Four other crewmembers were also injured and taken to the hospital. The onboard fire began about 1600 hours on August 3rd, but was under control within two hours.

The Shanghai Marine Rescue Center dispatched four ships and one helicopter in the rescue operation. The YE CHI is a 2009-build 45,740 dwt vessel is owned by Ye Chi Shipping SA and operated by the China Shipping Tanker Company. The tanker was transporting 29,000 tons of diesel. According to reports, the incident occurred 8.8 nautical miles southwest of Dayang Shandao.  

There is ongoing investigation of the incident conducted by the local marine authorities. Preliminary observations indicate that the fire started in the accommodation area of the ship.