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Tanker explodes, dock workers missing

The tanker Smooth Sea 22 burns at a dockyard on the Mae Klong river in Muang district, Samut Songkhram, on Tuesday morning. (Photo: EasternFireFighters)

SAMUT SONGKHRAM: Eight workers were missing and houses damaged after an empty oil tanker caught fire and exploded at a dockyard on the Mae Klong river in Muang district on Tuesday morning.

The explosion aboard the tanker Smooth Sea 22 was reported to police about 9.17am.

The tanker, which has a capacity of 6,500 deadweight tonnes, was undergoing regular maintenance at Ruammitr Dockyard in tambon Laem Yai. Its tanks were empty.

The explosion was heard and felt over a radius of several kilometres. Glass window panes in houses were shattered.

The Marine Department said about an…

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