On September 19, 1992 within the Malacca Strait, the Nagasaki Spirit carrying 40,000 metric tons of crude oil was hit by the container ship the Ocean Blessing. Engulfed by flames, 46 crew members from each vessels perished, with solely two crew members surviving the horrific incident. This is in reminiscence of those that misplaced their lives on that tragic day, 25 years in the past. Teekay, tanker operator and vessel proprietor mentioned: “We will always remember.”
Nicolas Tang on his weblog remembers the tragedy:
“On the calm clear evening of 19 Sep 1992, the 100,000 ton crude provider Nagasaki Spirit collided with the 27,000 ton container vessel Ocean Blessing. The collision occurred simply earlier than midnight on the northern entrance to the Malacca Straits. It was a basic T-Bone collision wherein the Ocean Blessing is believed to have been making 21 knots based mostly on the engine room log repeater discovered within the aftermath, and the V-shaped ripping within the aspect of the Nagasaki Spirit. An enormous hearth ensued and not less than 12,000 tonnes of crude oil spilled out into the Straits. 44 sailors didn’t survive to inform the story of what occurred earlier than the collision. The closing message of the captain of the Nagasaki Spirit nonetheless leaves little doubt…”
“The misery message mentioned the Nagasaki Spirit was fired upon however didn’t establish the attackers,” a spokesman mentioned a rescuer from the Malaysian rescue heart.
No lifeboats had been ever discovered. Onboard the Ocean Blessing investigators discovered solely small piles of ashes — the remnants of human stays, and no stays had been discovered on board the Nagasaki Spirit.
Speculation has it that the Nagasaki Spirit was taken by pirates, and the Ocean Blessing had additionally been pirated, or was attempting to keep away from the identical, as she was noticed by one other ship “to maneuver in an erratic method — altering speeds from 10 to 20 knots, back and forth, as if the deck watch officer was attempting to make use of evasive maneuvers to keep away from being boarded by pirates”.
Professional salvors agreed to salve the Nagasaki Spirit. Using a number of tugs, the hearth was extinguished, the cargo transshipped and the vessel safely redelivered to her house owners.
The tanker was repaired and later was a Floating Production Storage and Offloading Unit (FPSO)
(Image: Nagasaki Spirit in flames within the Strait of Malacca)
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