Seadream 1

Seadream 1

Photo: Italian Coast Guard

On September 1, the 105 meter long passenger ship Seadream 1 caught fire in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Palinuro near Naples, Italy. The fire started in the cruise ship’s engine room causing a power blackout and leaving the vessel adrift. Authorities were alerted and multiple patrol boats along with a ferry were diverted to the scene. All 105 passengers and a large number of the 61 crew were evacuated safely. No reports of injuries. The Seadream 1 was later taken under tow to Partenopeo by tugs. No reports of pollution released.

Stena Spirit

Stena Spirit

Photo: radiogdansk.pl

The 176 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Stena Spirit caught fire while off Gdynia, Poland. The Stena Spirit was en route to Gdynia from Karlskrona with 550 passengers when a fire broke out on the car deck. The fire started from a truck on the car deck which caused black dense smoke to spread through out the ferry. The passengers were mustered on deck while the crew extinguished the blaze. The Stena Spirit arrived in Gdynia where the local fire brigade boarded the ferry to conduct an investigation. No reports of injuries or pollution released.

Caribbean Fantasy

Caribbean Fantasy

Photo: uscg

On August 17, the passenger ferry Caribbean Fantasy caught fire near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Caribbean Fantasy was en route to San Juan from the Dominican Republic with 511 passengers and crew when a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room and spread into other sections of the vessel. The passengers and crew evacuated the vessel using emergency slides and rescued by the Coast Guard, tugs and local authorities. Some 24 passengers suffered only minor injuries during the evacuation and were later taken to hospital.  The disabled Caribbean Fantasy went adrift and eventually ran aground off Punta Salinas.

Caribbean Fantasy

Photo: uscg

Firefighting and salvage teams boarded the vessel the following day while authorities placed booms around the hull to contain any pollution. Divers inspected the hull and found the grounding caused no damage to the hull. On August 20, tugs were able to reestablish towlines and refloated the Caribbean Fantasy and towed the ferry into San Juan. Fire fighters were able to enter the engine room and extinguish the remaining part of the fire.

Reports state the Caribbean Fantasy had been cited for 107 deficiencies by Coast Guard inspectors in recent years. One report from 2014, cited the vessel needed additional protection from fuel oil leaking onto hot surfaces.

Noord Nederland

Noord Nederland

Photo: twitter

The 49 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Noord Nederland caught fire while off the port of Terschelling, Netherlands. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room. The crew was alerted by the smoke and requested assistance. The KNRM and port authorities escorted the Noord Nederland into Terschelling where local fire brigade was able to bring the fire under control. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the fire caused minimal damage and the ferry was allowed to proceed later on its voyage to Harlingen.

 

Chief

Chief

Photo: timesofsandiego.com

The 20 meter long tugboat Chief caught fire while berthed in the port of San Diego, California. The fire started near the galley and quickly spread through the decks and wheelhouse. Local Firefighters were alerted and were able to extinguish the blaze in 30 minutes. Reports state that one person was staying on board at the time of the fire. Firefighters found his body in the vessel’s wheelhouse. The tug sustained some $300,000 in damages. The fire was under investigation.