The LNG tanker Explorer is being towed after it suffered a fire in its engine room on June 14. The vessel was en route from Dahej, in ballast, towards a loading port in the Middle East. The fire broke out in its engine room at 20:40 LT off the coast of Mumbai. The crew, 31-member, managed to extinguish the fire using portable fire extinguishers, but the propulsion was lost. No casualties were reported.
The ship's manager, Exmar Shipmanagement, said:
“At this moment the situation is stable and the ship is under tow at a safe distance of 110 nautical miles from shore. The crew is making a full assessment of the damaged machinery. Electrical systems fully powered by auxiliary diesel engine, steam plant is shut down.”
Currently, the tanker is being towed by an Indian-flagged offshore tug S.C.I. Pawan (IMO number 9547233 and MMSI 419000294), a second tug is on its way. It is expected to reach Explorer tomorrow. The vessel will be towed to a repair yard.
SS Explorer (IMO number 9361079 and MMSI 205506000) was built in 2008 and it is registered in Belgium. The gross tonnage of the LNG tanker vessel is 100,325 t.