Category Archives: Fire

Highspeed 5

Highspeed 5
Photo: tovima.gr

The 85 meter long, 4900 gt catamaran passenger ferry Highspeed 5 caught fire while moored at Drapetsona near Piraeus, Greece. The fire was started while the vessel was undergoing repairs.  Workers aided by the Hellenic Coast Guard Alexander 3 and Armadores II Fifi were able to extinguish the blaze a short time later. Reports state one worker perished from the fire.  Damage to the vessel was  reported as minimal, but the extent had not yet been reported.

Sun Wing

Sun Wing

On March 14, the 91 meter long tanker Sun Wing caught fire in the Sea of Japan off Busan, South Korea. The crew of the tanker, loaded with nitric and sulfuric acid, reported the vessel was on fire and suffered a hull breach.  The 16 crew abandoned ship into the vessel’s life rafts as it engulfed in flames. The Korean Coast Guard dispatched helicopters and ships to the scene.  All 16 crew were rescued.  Three were injured by burns and were taken to hospital. No further details reported.

Guariste Primero

Guariste Primero
Photo: laopinioncoruna.es

On March 8, the fishing vessel Guariste Primero caught fire in the Pacific Ocean some 800 miles off the coast of Peru.  The Guariste Primero was fishing for swordfish when fire erupted from the vessel’s engine room. The 14 crew on board were unable to contain the blaze and were forced to abandoned ship. Thirteen of the crew were able to escape to the life rafts.  The chief engineer was discovered missing and presumed to have been trapped in the engine room.  The 13 survivors were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel.