In fact, a gas and air mixture blast occurred on board the bunkering tanker, according to the regional branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee, whereas no blaze was issued after the incident took place.
Later in the day, the 1989-built 3,300 dwt vessel, owned by the Russian company Nayad was towed to the port of Nakhodka.
The explosion in particular led to the death of two of the crew-members, while another was drowned after being thrown into the water due to the blast.
The full investigation concerning the cause of the incident is still ongoing.
The tanker's air tightness remains intact, its exterior did not experience any damage while its interior is severely damaged, according to The Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport.
In June, an explosion took place onboard a tanker’s engine room at the Port of Makhachkala, Russia. The explosion occurred while oil products were being pumped at the port, while three people died, and three others were transferred to the hospital.
More recently, a crewmember of a Singapore-flagged Capesize bulker lost his life after a gas explosion onboard the vessel, marking the challenging life of the seafarer and the fatalities that are hiding. According to reports, the 2014-built Cape India was transiting Makassar Strait, sailing from China to Australia, when the explosion took place.