A 39-year-old vessel, the Smooth Sea 2, caught a sudden fire on its deck and later exploded in Samut Prakan, Bangkok, on 9th March.
Thai authorities mentioned that one crew member got killed in the explosion while the other person had significant injuries, and the remaining crew members suffered a few wounds.
The vessel was laden with 1.8 million litres of benzene gasohol and 1.3 million litres of diesel. It was preparing to depart when the crew members spotted a fire on the ship’s starboard side, followed by explosions.
Two boats were immediately dispatched to control the fire. It subdued within 30 minutes, after which a diver was sent to look for the missing crew member. Unfortunately, he was later found dead on the ship itself.
On investigating, the local police found that someone had breached the tanker’s hydraulic system, which resulted in the fire and explosion. They, however, reported that the vessel remained pretty stable even after being heavily damaged, and the fumes were controlled, which prevented further pollution. However, the authorities also checked for potentially hazardous oil or gas vapour remaining on the vessel.
The Thailand Fire department and Royal Thai Navy released photos and videos of the fire and explosion, which shook the port and nearby houses.
เวลา 09.00 น. เกิดเหตุเรือขนส่งน้ำมันภายในประเทศชื่อ SMOOTH SEA 2 (สมูธ2) ระเบิดที่บริเวณท่าเทียบเรือ13 ภายใน ซ.สุขสวัสดิ์45 อ.พระประแดง จ.สมุทรปราการ ทั้งนี้ เทศบาลเมืองลัดหลวง และ จนท.กู้ภัย กำลังเข้าควบคุมพื้นที่#เรือระเบิด #เรือไฟไหม pic.twitter.com/dQFbb7fVbY
— กองทัพเรือ ROYAL THAI NAVY (@prroyalthainavy) March 9, 2022