Tanker on fire at Tsushima Strait, Korea

Product tanker SUNNY ORION reported fire on board at 0910 Seoul time (UTC +9) May 8 in Tsushima Strait, some 55 nm south of Busan, Korea. Tanker with 4700 tons of xylene, highly flammable and toxic liquid is en route from Hong Kong to Ulsan. In about 20 minutes fire, which erupted in an empty cargo tank, was extinguished, according to Master’s report. Tanker is under way, continuing her voyage, expected at Ulsan in the afternoon. No injures among 21 Filipino crew. SAR and CG ships and helicopter are sent to monitor tanker.
Product tanker SUNNY ORION , IMO 9511143, dwt 12203, built 2010, flag Panama, manager Asahi Tankers. Japan.

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