The 'Desh Vaibhav' caught fire on Aug 14, 2018, at 08:45 a.m. 60 miles northeast of Muscat. The lifeboat has been lowered, and rescue operations were underway for four crew members who had jumped into the water. Several supporting vessels were assisting the rescue operations, among them the 'Arva Spirit', 'Jag Lavanya', 'Desh Vishal', an unnamed Maersk container vessel, an Omani warship and the Iranian Navy. The tanker was sailing in ballast from Halul Island to Fujairah. IT had previously been chartered by Reliance to ship 270,000 tons of crude from the Persian Gulf on July 27 to Jamagar. The vessel was next to take on board another 270,000 mt cargo of crude from Ras Tanura on August 15 to Kochi for BPCL.