Category Archives: Fire

Lucky

Lucky
Photo: www.premar-manche.gouv.fr

On January 6, the 15 meter long, 10 gt fishing boat Lucky LH482700 caught fire in the English Channel off Ouistreham, France. The fire quickly spread through the vessel’s superstructure forcing the three crew members into a life raft. The crew was rescued by fishing boat Bambino who were later transferred to a French Coast Guard vessel.  One crew member sustained injuries and taken for medical treatment in Le Havre. SNSM lifeboats from Ouistreham, Calais and Gravelines along with other vessels arrived on scene, but found the Lucky had already burned to the waters edge.  The Lucky sank a few hours later.  No reports to the cause of the fire.

North Ocean

North Ocean
Photo: antares.fo

On January 5, the 69 meter long fishing factory trawler North Ocean caught fire in the Norwegian Sea. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room disabling the trawler.  The North Ocean sent out a distress call asking for assistance.  The fishing vessel Christian í Grótinum responded along with vessel Melkart II which was able to take the North Ocean under tow.  The vessels proceeded towards the Faroe Islands, but the towline broke in the rough seas.

A few hours later, a Danish naval vessel and a Faroese vessel arrived and were able to re-establish a towline to the North Ocean.  A crew member, on which vessel was not disclosed, sustained an injury while setting the towline.  All three vessels proceeded to Tórshavn  with 18 crew members of the North Shore transferred over to the Faroese vessel.  The vessels  arrived safely in Tórshavn a few days later.  There the local fire brigade inspected the vessel and found the fire had been extinguished, but the entire engine room was badly damaged.

Run Guang 9

Run Guang 9

The 90 meter long, 4577 dwt tanker Run Guang 9 caught fire and exploded off Zhanjiang, China. The Run Guang 9 was en route to Zhanjiang from Zhuhai in ballast when one of the tanks caught fire and exploded.  Twelve of the 14 crew on board were rescued with 3 sustaining injuries.   Zhanjiang authorities were able to extinguish the blaze on the run Guang 9 and take control of the vessel. Two crew members were reported as missing and rescuers were still searching the vessel and the nearby area.