Category Archives: Fire

Golden 168

Golden 168
Photo: thanhniennews.com

The 122 meter long general cargo vessel Golden 168 caught fire while anchored off Vung Tau, Vietnam. The blaze started in the forward cargo no. 1 hold.  The crew requested assistance with a fire tug responding. The 20 crew on board the Golden 168 were safely evacuated. The fire was extinguished a few hours later.  No reports of injuries. The Golden 168 had been at anchor for several days after suffering an engine breakdown while en route to Hong Kong from Singapore with 6,600 tons of copra. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

Ar Raok II

Ar Raok II
Photo: National Maritime

On February 28, the 20 meter long fishing vessel Ar Raok II caught fire in the Bay of Biscay off Belle-Île, France. The fire erupted from some machinery on board and quickly swept through the trawler.  The four crew was unable to contain the blaze.  They sent out a distress call before forced to abandon ship into the vessel’s life raft. The nearby fishing vessel Joker responded to the alert and rescued the Ar Raok II crew. No reports of injuries. A French frigate and 2 SNSM lifeboats arrived on scene. The vessels attempted to douse the fire and cool the hull, but the Ar Raok II superstructure had already burned away. The blackened hull of the Ar Raok II was taken under tow, but the hull was too far damaged and it sank a short time later. The hull now rests in 50 meters of water near Belle-Île.

Ocean Queen

Ocean Queen 2

The 147 meter long ro-ro cargo vessel Ocean Queen caught fire off Busan, South Korea. The Ocean Queen was en route to Vladivostok from Busan when fire erupted from the stern.  The master reported that the fire started in the cargo hold and required assistance. A Coast Guard vessel arrived on scene and assisted the crew extinguishing the blaze.  No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the cargo was most likely vehicles which were damaged or destroyed in the fire.