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Three Dead, Two Missing Following Tanker Blast in Malaysia

8:02 AM MDT | July 27, 2012 | Ian Young

Malaysian International Shipping Corp. (MISC; Kuala Lumpur) has confirmed that several explosions and a fire struck one of the company's chemical tankers yesterday, killing three crew members. A further two crew members are missing following the incident, the company says. The explosions and fire occurred as the vessel, the Bunga Alpinia, was loading methanol from a Petronas Chemicals terminal in the port of Labuan, Malaysia. The vessel is about "80% destroyed," one local report says. Petronas Chemicals halted operations at its nearby...

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