Second tug heads to stricken LNG ship

A tug is helping keep a drifting LNG regasification vessel in position off the Indian coastline after the ship suffered an engine-room fire and subsequent propulsion failure.

Antwerp-based MTI Network crisis management spokesman Bart de Clerck said the 150,900-cbm Explorer (built 2008) is under tow from the SCI Pawan.

De Clerk, who was speaking on behalf of the ship's manager Exmar, said a second tug will arrive Friday to help tow the vessel to a repair yard.

The LNG carrier, which is on long-term charter to Excelerate Energy, is in ballast.

The spokesman said a fire broke out in the ship's engine-room at 2040 on Saturday 14 June while the ship was off the coast off Mumbai on India's west coast.

He said the flames were put out by the crew using hand-held fire extinguishers but propulsion was lost after the incident.

None of the ship's 31 crew were injured.

De Clerk said Explorer is now being kept in place 115 nautical miles off the Indian coast by the first tug. "Everything is under control," he said.

Explorer was en route to the Middle East after discharging a cargo on behalf of GDF Suez at India's Dahej LNG terminal.

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