Explosion, fire on tanker off Cyprus, 2 injured

Product tanker ATHLOS suffered explosion, followed by fire, in the morning Dec 29 off southern coast of Cyprus, shortly after leaving Larnaca. 5 crew understood to be thrown overboard, all 5 rescued, 2 of them suffering extensive burns. All 5 were taken to hospital. Fire reportedly was extinguished or taken under control, tanker turned to coast and ran aground off Zygi village, southern Cyprus.
1600 UTC: Tug VTS KERYNEIA (IMO 9631010) near tanker, tanker’s status unknown, probably she isn’t aground, AIS is on. Explosion occurred in or near cargo tank, while tanker was in ballast. It means, that most probably, 5 crew thrown overboard by explosion were on cargo deck, maybe there were some wielding or fire works.

IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a ‘amber’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 34% (29-JAN-18), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.

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