Day: September 9, 2017

Urabain

Urabain

Urabain
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On September 7. the 79 meter long, 1731 fishing vessel Urabain caught fire in the port of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. The trawler was waiting for the rising tide to leave port when a fire broke out in the forward cargo hold which contained some 50,000 kilograms packaging materials. The fire spewed out dense smoke making it difficult to contain. Local fire brigades were called upon to tackle the blaze and help evacuate the crew on board. One crewman sustained injuries and was later taken to hospital.

On September 9, the fire continued to burn within the interior of the Urabain. The fire had spread through the interior into the galley where several propane tanks exploded.  Fire crews had used so much water and foam to fight he blaze, the vessel developed a list to starboard. Authorities started the water bilge to help lower water in the hold and reduce the listing. However, the heat was so intense that the hoses melted.  Some 10 meters of the port hull plates have failed to continuous heat. Reports state the trawler will most likely sink at the pier due to the amount of hull damage already sustained.

 

 

Begonia Seaways

Begonia Seaways

Begonia Seaways
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The 230 meter long, 14424 dwt ro-ro cargo vessel Begonia Seaways ran aground on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal near Terneuzen, Netherlands. The vessel was en route to Ghent when it suffered a mechanical fault and struct the canal embankment. The vessel requested assistance with authorities stopping traffic on the canal and dispatching several tugs to the scene. The tugs were able to refloat the Begonia Seaways and escorted the cargo vessel to a nearby quay later the same day.  No reports of injuries.  No further details reported to the extent of damage or if any pollution was released in the incident.