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Video: Product Tanker Explodes off Hong Kong
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The Vietnamese product tanker Aulac Fortune exploded and caught fire off Lamma Island, Hong Kong on Tuesday morning, killing at least one crewmember and injuring four.

The Aulac Fortune arrived Tuesday morning in Hong Kong for a bunkering stop after delivering a cargo of gasoline in Dongguan. The explosion occurred at 1130 hours at a position about one nm to the south of Lemma Island, an outlying residential district of the city. Multiple cargo tanks were affected, including serious damage to a tank just forward of the house. Residents reported that the blast was forceful enough to rattle windows on several nearby islands. 

Image courtesy Hong Kong Police Force

The crew abandoned ship into the water, and Hong Kong first responders rescued 23 survivors, including four injured crewmembers who have been hospitalized. One crewmember has been confirmed dead, and an additional two remain missing. Three fireboats, one dive boat, one helicopter, a police response vessel, 14 ambulances and about 140 fire and rescue personnel were involved in the casualty response. 

The Aulac Fortune took on a 30 degree list after the blast, but she is not believed to be in danger of capsizing. Salvors plan to tow her to another location for an assessment and repairs. However, Hong Kong authorities say that she will have to cool for several days before operations on deck can begin. 

“We will meet the Marine Department to discuss how to stabilize the vessel and allow investigators on board to find the cause of the fire,” said Fire Services division commander Yiu Men-yeung, speaking to SCMP. 

The root cause of the casualty is still under investigation.

Somali Region Once Riddled with Pirates Sees Peaceful Power Transfer
by Reuters
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
By Abdiqani Hassan GAROWE, Somalia Jan 8 (Reuters) – A region of war-ravaged Somalia elected a new president on Tuesday, a peaceful transfer of power in a part of the country notorious for piracy and Islamist militias. Said Abdullahi Deni, who is likely to continue Puntland’s close cooperation with the United States, defeated his closest […]

Tanker Rocked by Explosions in Hong Kong
by Mike Schuler
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
One person has died and two others are missing after a tanker caught fire in Hong Kong waters off Lamma Island. The fire on board the Vietnamese-flagged Aulac Fortune is believed to have started as crews were preparing for bunkering operations from a fuel oil barge. Authorities said the fire started at around 11:30 a.m. local […]

Stonewin Expands Into Commercial Bunkering
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Previously focused on supplying fuels to defence and security institutions.

China Open-Loop Scrubbing Ban Not Yet Fully In Place: BIMCO
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

But a full ban could be adopted soon.

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The Tuna Clipper Marine Pier
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