Trafigura confirms all Marlin Luanda crew safe and fire extinguished


A Houthi missile attack ignited a fire aboard the 110,000dwt tanker Marlin Luanda, operated on behalf of commodities supplier Trafigua, while the ship was 60 nautical miles south-east of Aden after having transited the Red Sea on Friday.

Trafigura confirmed on Saturday that all crew on board the ship were safe and the fire in the cargo tank had been fully extinguished. The vessel was reported to be sailing towards a safe harbour with the crew continuing to monitor the vessel and cargo closely.

Trafigura says it would like to recognise the exceptional dedication and bravery of the ship’s master and crew who managed to control the fire in highly difficult circumstances, as well as the essential assistance provided by Indian, United States and French Navy vessels to achieve this outcome.

The Indian Navy on Saturday said its guided missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam had deployed a team to help fire-fighting efforts on board the oil tanker which has a reported 22 Indian and one Bangladeshi crew members.

No further vessels operating on behalf of Trafigura are currently transiting the Gulf of Aden and Trafigura says it continues to assess carefully the risks involved in any voyage, including in respect of security and safety of the crew, together with shipowners and customers.