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Less than two weeks into the New Year the shipping industry has recorded its third and most serious incident at sea, this time involving an onboard explosion that ripped a tanker in two.

While information is still coming through, it can be confirmed that the 10 500-deadweight Hong Pu 6 was off the coast of Rizhao north of the Port of Shanghai at the time of the incident.

The explosion, presumably in the hull of the empty tanker, caused serious structural damage to the 2013-built vessel.

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