Flame Bursts Out On Oil Research Ship

On April 17, Oil research ship GEOS suffered explosion in engine room and fire at around 0300 LT off Kuala Baram, northwest Kalimantan, near Malaysia Brunei border.

The ship was conducting geo-technical survey for Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).

Crew reportedly had to jump in water due to the explosion.

Out of 38 people on board 1 or 2 went missing and the rest were rescued sustaining some burns and injures.

The worker was reported missing following the incident, which occurred some 10 km off the coast of Baram.

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) informed that his body was found inside the stricken vessel in the afternoon hours of April 18.

Judging from photos, GEOS was engulfed in fire.

Nearby offshore tugs tried to dose the fire.

According to latest updates as of 0500 UTC Apr17, the ship is burning out.


Oil research ship GEOS, IMO 9511399, dwt 1050, built 2009, flag Malaysia, owner Ageo Marine, Kuala Lumpur.

PETRONAS yesterday said that the fire was extinguished and the vessel was being monitored.

Local media cited the company as saying that the cause of the incident was under investigation

SOURCE: Maritime Bulletin

View pictures: Ship On Fire.


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