Press Release No. 1
Singapore - 14 December 2020
BW Rhine (Singapore-flagged LR1 Product tanker built-in 2008) has been hit from an external source whilst discharging at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at approximately 00:40 local time on 14 December 2020, causing an explosion and subsequent fire onboard.
The Master immediately ceased all discharge operations and enacted emergency procedures onboard.
The crew have extinguished the fire with assistance from the shore fire brigade and tug boats, and all 22 seafarers have been accounted for with no injuries.
Hull damage has occurred at 5PWBT (water ballast tank 5 on the port side)and 4P COT (cargo tank 4 on the port side).
It is possible that some oil has escaped from the vessel, but this has not been confirmed and instrumentation currently indicates that oil levels on board are at the same level as before the incident.
Cooling procedures and inerting of cargo space have been initiated to avoid reignition of fire. Ship stability is being assessed before proceeding with any further operations.
BW Rhine is owned and operated by Hafnia. Hafnia has activated its shore-based emergency response team. All relevant authorities have been advised of the incident and Hafnia is working with them to ensure the ongoing security of the crew, vessel and environment.
Hafnia will provide additional information on our website www.hafniabw.comas it becomes available.
Hafnia is one of the world’s leading oil product tanker owners and operators. The Company provides transportation of oil and oil products to leading national and international oil companies, major chemical companies, as well as trading and utility companies.
Hafnia operates a fleet of 178 vessels in pools including newbuilds, of which 103 are owned or chartered-in, including six owned LR2s, 35 owned and chartered-in LR1s, 48 owned and chartered-in MRs and 14 owned Handy vessels.
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