On May 16, the 12 meter long, 20 gt fishing vessel L’île Maurice caught fire while moored at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. The fire started after an explosion on board the trawler. The blaze quickly spread through out the vessel and the entire superstructure was engulfed in flames.
The local fire brigades were alerted with multiple brigades dispatched to the scene. With over 60 firefighters assisting, the fire was finally contained with the use of foam and water.
The Trawler had sustained significant damage and was waterlogged from the fire fighting efforts. Firefighters attempted to keep the L’île Maurice afloat using pumps to dewater the vessel. Booms were placed around the L’île Maurice to contain any pollution released.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident to determine the cause of the explosion.
On April 19, the 119 meter long, 7124 dwt tanker Usichem caught fire in the Mediterranean Sea near Rhodes, Greece. The Usichem was headed to Sudan from Turkey with 5900 tonnes of sunflower oil when a fire broke out in the engine room. The vessel’s crew quickly responded and were able to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire had damaged the engine and the tanker went adrift.
The Usichem contacted the Greek Coast Guard who dispatched a helicopter, lifeboat and patrol vessel to the scene. Rescuers stood by and monitored the situation as a tug was requested to take the tanker under tow. The following day, a tug arrived and proceeded to take the Usichem under tow. Both vessels arrived in Rhodes a few hours later. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On April 9, the 151 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Mutiara Persada III caught fire in the Sunda Strait near Palau Tundra Island, Indonesia. The ferry was en route to Panjang from Jakarta with 76 passengers when a fire broke out on the car deck. The crew requested assistance and attempted to put out the blaze as it spread across multiple vehicles. The passengers were mustered up to the upper deck to wait for rescue. Rescue ships arrived a short time later and assisted in extinguishing the blaze. No reports of injuries. The Mutiara Persada III was escorted back to Tanjung Priok. Reports don’t state the damage to the ferry, but multiple vehicles were destroyed.