The ferry Zahro Express exploded and caught fire off Muara Angke, Indonesia. The Zahro Express had departed from the port of Kali Adem, Muara Angke with 234 passengers bound for Tidung Island. After 15 minutes leaving port, the ferry suffered an explosion and resulting fire in the engine room. Dense smoke poured out of the compartment causing panic among the passengers. Passengers rushed forward to escape the smoke and flames. The crew was unable to control the blaze and sent out a distress call.
Some jumped overboard while others waited until rescue boats arrived on scene. Reports state some 194 persons were rescued. The Coast Guard was able to recover some 23 bodies of those who perished. An additional 17 persons were still reported as missing.
The fire consumed the superstructure of the Zahro Express. Authorities were eventually able to douse the flames, but only the lower hull remained. An investigation has been launched into the incident.
The 73 meter long, 2599 dwt tanker Nona Tang II exploded in the Singapore Strait while berthed at Batu Ampar, Batam City, Indonesia. The vessel was undergoing repairs when welders on the cargo deck ignited fuel vapors. One worker was instantly killed while two others were badly burned. The Nona Tang II continued to burn until local fire brigades and two patrol boats arrived on scene. The fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze a short time later. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Initial reports state the welders did not have permits to conduct repair work at the time of the incident in violation of safety laws.
The 124 meter long , 12,395 dwt tanker No. 3 Heung-A Pioneer suffered an explosion off Penang, Malaysia. The tanker had departed from Penang bound for Singapore when a gas canister caught fire resulting in the explosion. The vessel requested assistance and returned back to port. One crewman was killed in the explosion and another five were injured. The extent of damage was not reported. Authorities has launched an investigation into the incident.