Fire Onboard M.V Oel Aishwarya Claims Life of Second Officer

by OldSailor on May 26, 2008

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In an unfortunate development, Second Officer Babu Thomas has lost his life due to fire onboard M.V Oel Aishwarya on May 24. Here are the details:

  • the vessel was on her scheduled voyage from Colombo to Chennai
  • fire broke out early morning while the ship was off Sri Lanka and it took seven hours to extinguish the fire
  • ship is having crew of 23 Indians
  • the vessel built in 1982 belongs to Shreyas Shipping & Logistics Limited
  • vessel is 127 metres long with a beam of 20.06 metres, 8755 DWT
  • the vessel is continuing her voyage to Chennai

Here is the ship’s position during the fire

mv oel aishwarya_1

On arrival to Chennai, an enquiry will be conducted by the principal officer of mercantile marine department and the shipping master, Chennai.

More details are here at timesofindia and thaindian.

Update: May 28

Vessel arrived at Chennai on May 26 and the body of the second officer Babu Thomas (age 41) was handed over to  next of  kin.  The fire took place in the air conditioning unit and the officer died due to suffocation.  Read more from  thehindu.

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