Tanker Otilia in flames, abandoned in Panama

By Accidents

Tanker Otilia (current position) is in fire since 03:00 LT July 10 13 on approaches to Colon, Panama Canal, Atlantic side. Flames started in the engine room and spread around. Sailors on board the ship have tried to extinguish the fire but did not have success and left the ship on a life raft.

Crew members were rescued 2 hours later by a patrol boat. There is a tug near the vessel but it is not fighting the flames.
Vessel Otilia left Colon 2 days ago and was bound for Kingston, Jamaica. The tanker is used for bunkering operations in Colon.

Ship Name  :   OTILIA
Type  :             Oil Products Tanker
IMO  :              8813697
MMSI  :            373013000
Built  :             1989
Flag  :             Panama