Explosion and fire in tanker engine room, 2 dead

Oil gas and air mixture led to explosion with following fire in engine room of tanker VF TANKER 16, berthed in Makhachkala port, Dagestan, Russia, Caspian sea, at around 0420 Moscow time Jun 11. By 1000 Moscow time fire was under control. Reportedly, 2 crew died in explosion, 2 or 3 were hospitalized with burns.
Product tanker VF TANKER 16, IMO 9645059, dwt 7033, built 2013, flag Russia, manager VOLGA SHIPPING Co.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.