Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shipyard Dock Fire Damages Three Ships and Sinks Another

Crewmen Injured as Defence Force Battles Flames
Shipping News Feature

SINGAPORE – Four berthed vessels caught fire at the Tanoto Shipyard in Jurong, west Singapore on Tuesday at around 21:20 local time. The fire was extinguished by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) at 04:30 Wednesday morning, who reported a total of four casualties, with one man taken to Singapore General Hospital suffering from 38% burns to his body.

The other three casualties were taken to the National University Hospital with reports suggesting that two of the men were treated for burns with the third suspected to have a fractured finger.

Upon the arrival of the SCDF, all four vessels were on fire, of which one was fully engulfed in flames and sank all the vessels involved are believed to be tugs which work from the yard. The SCDF deployed a total of eight hand held water jets from the fire engines and two foam monitors from one of the Marine Fire Vessel. The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, preliminary findings show that the fire had started on a tug boat and spread to three adjacent vessels.