On 24 July 2008, the Panamanian gas tanker was in dock at Perama Shipyard (Greece) for repairs when it suffered an explosion and went on fire. The fire brigade worked for over 4 hours to extinguish the fire and prevent the flames from reaching the neighbouring vessel. 8 crew members were killed, 4 went missing and 4 were injured. In 2007, two people were killed in this same shipyard.
The explosion took place in one of the gas carrier’s bunker tanks during flame welding. Two maintenance workers were arrested following this incident.
Date: 24 July 2008
Accident area: Perama shipyard
Cause of spill: explosion and fire
Ship type: gas carrier
Date built: 1981
Last update: May 2011