The 117 meter long, 6678 dwt tanker Xing Long Zhou 569 caught fire after suffering an explosion off Shandong, China. The crew of the Xing Long Zhou 569 requested assistance as the explosion had disabled the vessel and fire quickly engulfed the vessel.
Multiple rescue vessels along with a helicopter were dispatched to the scene. The helicopter rescued 13 of the 16 crew on board. Three crew were listed as missing and presumed perished in the explosion.
Salvage vessels arrived later and were able to bring the blaze under control. The Xing Long Zhou 569 was taken under tow to Shidao. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 20 meter long fishing vessel O Busi caught fire off Cedeira, Spain. The started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly got out of control. The fire spread through out the ship and soon the superstructure was engulf in flames. Unable to fight the blaze, the crew of the O Busi sent out a distress call requesting assistance.
Spanish authorities were contacted and dispatched a nearby helicopter which was conducting an exercise in the area. Before the helicopter arrived, all eight crew of the O Busi abandoned ship into the vessel’s liferaft. The helicopter reached the scene and hoisted all eight men to safety. No reports of injuries, but the master of the O Busi were taken to hospital on shore.
The O Busi remained adrift as it continued to burn. Patrol boats and lifeboats arrived on scene later the same day to see if the fishing vessel could be taken under tow, but reports state the vessel burned to the waters edge.
On March 7, the 30 meter long tanker Izmail 2 caught fire in the Sea of Marmara off Hereke, Turkey. The three crew on board sent out a distress call and requested assistance. The Turkish authorities dispatched the patrol boat Kiyem 2 along with a tugboat to the scene. The Kiyem 2 was able to contain the fire assisted by the tugboat a few hours later. The vessels safely evacuated all three crewmen off the Izmail 2. No reports of injuries or pollution released.