Two Dead in Tanker Explosion off Malaysia

Published Dec 12, 2014 9:20 AM by The Maritime Executive

A South Korean LPG carrier off Malaysia's coast suffered an explosion late on Wednesday, killing two crewmembers and injuring another two.

The Korea Line-owned VLGC DL Calla was heading from South Korea to Thailand, and exploded about 26 nautical miles northeast off Kuala Terengganu, reportedly due to a cargo leak.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) sent a rescue team to the location of the accident. The fire had already been put out when the rescue team arrived, however, two crewmembers – one a Myanmar national, the other South Korean – died due to severe burns.

The vessel suffered minimal damage from the explosion and continued its journey to Thailand, reported SeaShip News. There was a total of 23 crewmembers on board at the time of the incident.

A Korea Line Corp. spokesperson verified that the ship in the accident has been bare boat chartered by Daelim Corporation, which bears all responsibility and management of the vessel and crews under NDSM - the ship management company of Daelim Corp.