Worker hospitalised after fainting in tank on crude oil tanker docked in Singapore

Crude oil tanker Pavinospirit in a photo from December 2014. PHOTO:
Crude oil tanker Pavinospirit in a photo from December 2014. PHOTO:PHOTO: HTTP://WWW.SHIPSPOTTING.COM/

SINGAPORE - A worker was hospitalised on Saturday (Feb 27) after he fainted in a tank aboard a crude oil tanker that was docked in Singapore for repairs.

The incident happened aboard the M/V Pavinospirit which was docked at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard.

Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard's Health, Safety & Environment team received a call for assistance from the vessel at 4pm on Saturday, a Sembcorp Marine spokesman said.

The worker is the employee of a contractor, who had been engaged by the shipowner to conduct "thickness measurement" of tanks onboard the Pavinospirit.

He fainted at the bottom of the tank that he and three other colleagues were working in.

A photo of the victim, which was seen by The Straits Times, showed that the worker's head and torso were coated in what looked like thick, black oil.

The Sembcorp Marine spokesman said that the tank had a thin layer of oily residue at that time.

"The fainted worker was consequently evacuated to the ship deck and sent to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital immediately," said Sembcorp Marine.

ST understands that the victim is currently warded in the Intensive Care Unit.

The other three workers, who were also in the tank at the time of the incident, are reported to be well.

Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard is currently assisting the authorities with the investigation.

The Pavinospirit is a crude oil tanker sailing under the flag of Russia, according to vesselfinder.com.