Category Archives: Fire

Vessel Blaze off Carnarvon

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Photo: abc.net.au

A fishing vessel caught fire in the Indian Ocean some 670 kilometers off Carnarvon, Western Australia.  The crew of the Taiwanese fishing boat sent out a distress call with the vessel’s EPIRB.  Australian authorities dispatched an aircraft to the scene.  The plane spotted several crew on the bow of the fishing vessel with the rest of the vessel burned to the water’s edge.  The plane dropped a life raft.  Other vessels alerted by the distress beacon responded to the scene.  The crew of the fishing boat were rescued by another fishing boat a short time later.  No reports of injuries to the 15 crew.

Wasa Express

Wasa Express
Photo: shipspotting.com

The 141 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Wasa Express caught fire in Vaasa, Finland. The fire started in an electrical panel in the engine room.  The crew was able to contain the fire and extinguish the blaze before the local fire brigade arrived.  One crewman suffered some smoke inhalation, but did not require to be taken to hospital. The ferry was pulled from service to allow  for an investigation into incident. No reports of pollution released.

Bagration

On September 21, the fishing vessel Bagration caught fire off Sakhalin, Russia. The blaze started in a storeroom containing corrugated packaging. The crew attempted to extinguish the fire and were joined by the  crew of the vessel Captain Efremov.  Some 20 crew men were evacuated off the Bagration.  Reports state the fire was finally extinguished later the same day.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.