On May 25, a fire broke out on the 80 meter long self-propelled barge Admiral while moored on the Elbe River at Roßdamm, Germany. The Admiral had been moored at Roßdamm a few days when a fire broke out in the vessel’s galley. Nearby witnesses reported seeing smoke billowing out from the vessel and alerted authorities. Local fire brigade arrived on scene and found the bow cabin engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able later to contain the fire and soon after extinguish it.
The sole person on board the vessel perished in the fire. Authorities state the person may not been able to escape before succumbing to the smoke. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 125 meter long, 8000 dwt tanker Zircone caught fire in the Gulf of Riga near Riga, Latvia. The Zircone had departed from Riga with 7,000 tons of diesel fuel on board when a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room. The fire grew in intensity and quickly disabled the vessel. Latvian authorities dispatched a helicopter along with several patrol boats to the scene. They found the tanker adrift with the crew on board fighting the fire. The crew eventually was able to bring the fire under control a few hours later. No reports of injuries to the 17 crew on board.
A tug later towed the Zircone back to Riga. The tanker moored at the Riga Shipyard where it will undergo repairs. No reports of pollution released.
The 134 meter long, 2130 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry KM Mutiara Sentosa 1 caught fire off the Masalembo Islands in Sumenep, East Java. The fire erupted from a vehicle near the forepeak on the car deck. The crew attempted to fight the blaze, but were unable to contain it. The fire consumed other vehicles and quickly spread down the length of the vessel. Authorities were alerted and the captain of the KM Mutiara Sentosa 1 ordered all passengers and crew to abandon ship.
The number of people rescued is not quite certain. Reports state from 154 to 190 passengers and crew were rescued and were taken ashore. Over 40 passengers were taken to a nearby hosptial for medical treatment. Reports do confirm that at least five passengers had been killed in the fire. Authorities state there is a search for 28 more passengers who remain missing. An exact number of passengers on board may not be determined. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.