November 30, 2021 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Engine Room Blast Aboard Chemical Master Tanker, 2 Fatalities

The Chemical Master blast killed two Indian seafarers, confirmed by operator Chemship BV. 

On Monday night, November 22, the chemical tanker Chemical Master sustained an engine room explosion, leaving it disabled and adrift off the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Two crew members were badly injured in the fire and medevaced (medical evacuation) by a Portugal Air Force helicopter to the nearest hospital but died the next day.

The Chemical Master was underway off the Atlantic coast of Portugal at the time of the casualty.

The tanker was en route from Haifa to Rotterdam. By Tuesday night, November 23, she was adrift off Setubal, accompanied by the harbor tug Portugs Sines.

The Maltese-flagged Chemical Master is a 2009-built stainless-tank chemical tanker. Her port state control inspection record revealed no recent deficiencies, and she has been under the same firm’s management since 2015. 

While the Chemical Master was adrift, two nearby Portugal Navy ships monitored the situation. After the fire was extinguished, the tanker was towed from Haifa, Israel, to Amsterdam.

Source: The Maritime Executive, “Engine Room Explosion Kills Two Aboard Chemical Tanker,” published November 23, 2021, 6:43 pm.

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