Category Archives: Fire

Barge Collision off Galveston

Barges
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Two barges collided in the Intracoastal Waterway off Galveston, Texas. Two tugboats were pushing barges off the Bolivar Peninsula when one of the tugboats suffered a power blackout.  The barge being pushed by the disabled tug struck a second barge.  A barge was loaded with 3500 tonnes of naphtha caught fire.  Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze four  hours later. No injuries reported. The Coast Guard has dispatched a team to the scene to check for any pollution released or environmental impact.  An investigation into the incident has been launched.


Viking Merlin

Viking Merlin

On July 13, the 177 meter long, 23,559 dwt container ship Viking Merlin caught fire while berthed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The fire started  by one of the diesel generators in the vessel’s engine room. The crew evacuated the compartment and the blaze was extinguished by the on board fire suppression system.  No reports of injuries.  Reports state damage was minimal, but the vessel was detained until repairs were completed.

Kamala

Kamala
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The 200 meter long, 29,277 dwt container ship Kamala caught fire in the East China Sea between Kuchinoshima Island, Japan and Chedju do, Korea. The fire erupted in the cargo hold while the vessel was en route from Surabaya to Ulsan. The vessel requested assistance with the Japanese Coast Guard responding.  Reports state the boxship was carrying 796 containers and the crew  was unable to extinguish the blaze. No injuries to the 23 crew on board.