The official spokesman of the Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft, Igor Dyomin, said on Tuesday June 11th that a fire outbreak on board a tanker in the port of Makhachkala on the Caspian Sea has led to closure of the port’s water area and suspension of oil throughput.
As reported by the Russian news agency TASS, Dyomin said, “Fire occurred in the engine room during unloading of VF-16 tanker. There is no threat for cargo (6,000 tonnes) to catch fire. The port water area is closed for the period of firefighting. Throughput is suspended.”
A gas and air mixture exploded in the engine room during the pumping of oil products from the tanker in the Makhachkala commercial seaport early in the morning, according to the Emergencies Department for Dagestan. Three people died and three others were injured and are now in hospital.