|Panama-registered Sunny Orion is on fire in waters off Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province. / Captured from Marine Traffic|
By Park Si-soo
A Panama registered 7,770-ton oil tanker caught on fire in waters off Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, Tuesday.
The fire started at 9:10 a.m. and was extinguished 30 minutes later. There were neither oil leaks nor casualties, said Korea Coast Guard. The extent of the damage to the tanker is yet unknown. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The affected tanker is Panama-registered Sunny Orion and 21 sailors are reportedly on board.
The ship, bound for the South Korean coastal city of Ulsan in the southeast from Hong Kong, was carrying some 4,700 tons of highly flammable Mix-Xylene.