Bunker Tanker Catches Fire off Malaysia

Wednesday April 30, 2014

A tanker carrying about 200,000 liters of bunkers caught fire near Port Klang, Malaysia on Monday, the New Strait Times reports.

The vessel, Indonesia-based chemical tanker MT Nur Eye 1, had its engine room, open bridge, and stern destroyed in the fire, according to Port Klang Marine Police commanding officer Deputy Superintendent Norzaid Muhammad Said.

"The 11 crew members and contractors were rescued and taken to shore by the marine police," he said.

The ship caught fire while docking at the port, and it took firefighters four hours to bring the blaze under control, enforcement and fire officials told the New Strait Times.

Authorities did not receive any reports of oil spilled in the water from the vessel.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a faulty engine at the ship's rear portion, news agency Bernama reports.