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.
On September 8, the 25 meter long passenger ship Jewel caught fire on the East River near Governors Island, New York. While on a cruise with 90 passengers and 4 crew, a fire started in the vessel’s engine room. The crew alerted authorities who dispatched several rescue vessels to the scene. All passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the vessel and transported to lower Manhattan. No reports of injuries. Reports state the fire was later extinguished and the vessel was taken under tow back to port. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 117 meter long, 7745 dwt hopper dredge Scelveringhe caught fire while moored at a shipyard in Sas van Ghent, Terneuzen, Netherlands. The local fire brigade was alerted and reports state the fire was quickly contained. No reports of injuries. The cause of the fire or the extent of damage has not yet been reported.