Aframax tanker Randgrid caught fire in engine room during conversion at Mekjarvik Yard in Stavanger, Norway. The flames started in engine compartment during welding works, but exact cause is unknown. All the 138 non-essential workers on board were evacuated and the accident was reported to local authorities. At the scene were sent firefighters from the shipyard, which in assistance with 20 remaining workers succeeded to extinguish the flames without causing major damage. Also ambulances were delivered to the burning tanker and 7 people were got medical treatment for smoke inhalation, but without suffering serious injuries.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The exact extend of damages is unknown and will be assessed by boarded firefighters after complete ventilation of the engine compartment.
Aframax tanker Randgrid (IMO: 9075345) is foremer crude carrier, which is under conversion at Mekjarvik Yard. The vessel has overall length of 265.00 m, moulded beam of 46.00 m and maximum draft of 10.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 124,502 DWT and the gross tonnage is 75,273 GRT. The vessel was built in 1995 by Samsung SHipbuilding and Heavy Industries at Geoje, South Korea.
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