Tanker explosion in Labuan leaves one dead, four missing (Update)

KOTA KINABALU: An explosion ripped through a tanker carrying methanol and berthed at Labuan early Thursday, leaving one crewman dead and four missing.

Police believe a lightning strike started the fire on board the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation-owned Bunga Alpinia 3 (pix) alongside the Petronas Methanol terminal in Labuan at about 3am.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency confirmed the dead crewman as Shahril Azmi Baharuddin, 28.

His body was found floating in the sea at about 10am, said MMEA officer Awil Kamsari.

MISC said in a statement that the 29 crew members comprised of Malaysians and Filipinos.

Twenty-four were safely brought to shore, the statement said.

MMEA coordinating officer Lt Comm Azmi Mohd Dahan said three people a staff of Petronas, a member of the public and a crewmember sustained minor burn injuries.

Firemen who rushed to the scene were forced to withdraw when a series of explosions occurred.

Petronas Chemical Group Berhad media relations manager Ahmad Faiz A. Rahman confirmed that the fire occurred at the Petronas Chemical Methanol Sdn Bhd terminal.

"All authorities have been notified. The fire is being attended to by the Labuan fire department. We are undertaking all necessary action to ensure the safety of all personnel involved.

"An investigation will be carried out in due course," he said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Nation

Awang Ahmad appointed Warisan information chief
Two things must be done before Sarawak state election can be held, says Wan Junaidi
Johor cops nab 80, including Datuk, two civil servants for violating SOPs under NRP
Local authorities in Johor told to help those affected by Covid-19 to apply for business licence, says MB
Authorities discover underground tunnels leading to illegal gold mine in Sabah
Beating red lights most common traffic violation by P-hailing riders in Melaka, says state JPJ director
Sign language to be introduced at Perpaduan kindergartens next year
Air Selangor: Water supply 99.5% restored after scheduled disruption, Klang only area not at 100%
KJ on mission to place live-saving AEDs in all buildings
Covid-19 Watch: 7,509 new cases bring total to 2,384,542

Others Also Read