The 56 meter long, 857 dwt fishing vessel Carolina 33 caught fire in the Okhotsk Sea near Magadan, Russia. The fire started in the fishing processing workshop by an electrical short circuit in an ice generator. The blaze spread to the engine room and on to the main deck.
The crew sent out a distress call with the nearby trawler Yantar 1 responding. The Yantar 1 arrived on scene and transferred some 39 out of 52 crew off the Carolina 33. Authorities dispatched the salvage tug Sibirskiy to assist in firefighting efforts.
No further details reported to the status of the vessel or extent of damage. No reports of injuries to the 39 crew rescued.
The 200 meter long, 61122 dwt bulk carrier Jobst Oldendorff caught fire while loading cargo at Port Arthur, Texas. The Jobst Oldendorff was unloading wooden pellets when a fire broke out on a conveyor belt. The fire ignited some 10,000 tons on the quay as well as some wooden pellets in the hold. The fire spewed out a dense cloud of black smoke.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze a few hours later, but both the berth and vessel sustained damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Jobst Oldendorff will be inspected for damage before it leaves port. Details on how much of the 50,000 tons of wooden pellets were destroyed has not been released. Reports state an electrical short on the conveyor started the fire.
The 58 meter long fishing vessel Geum Jeong No. 101 caught fire while berthed in Cape Town, South Africa. The fire started broke out in the hold where packaging and styrofoam was being stored. The fire quickly engulfed the superstructure while fire fighters attempted to contain the blaze.
After three days, the fire was finally extinguished, but the fishing vessel sustained significant damage. No reports of injuries. Authorities placed a boom around the Geum Jeong No. 101 to contain any potential pollution released. South African authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.