On September 25, the 176 meter long, 40263 dwt tanker Burgos caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico off Veracruz, Mexico. The Burgos was headed to Veracruz from Parjaritus Coatzacoalcos, Mexico with 12,000 tons of oil when fire erupted from the two forward cargo tanks. The tanker requested assistance with multiple fireboats, tugboats and vessels from the Mexican Navy were dispatched to the scene. The 30 crew on the Burgos were evacuated while the vessels engaged in firefighting. No reports of injuries.
Reports state fire fighting continued for multiple days before the fire was contained and finally extinguished. Reports state the Burgos sustained some hull damage and some small amount of oil pollution has been spotted in the area around the vessel. The Burgos also has developed a significant list to port while anchored off Veracruz.
The 84 meter long, 1157 gt fishing vessel Arkos Ichiapas caught fire in the Pacific Ocean off Puerto Chiapas, Mexico. The fire started in a supply room by a butane tank. The crew requested assistance with a patrol ship responding. A team from the patrol vessel boarded the Arkos Ichiapas and extinguished the blaze. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 215 meter long, 71665 dwt bulk carrier Los Llanitos ran aground on Pacific Ocean near Barra de Navidad, Mexico. The Los Llanitos had left Manzanillo one day before Hurricane Patricia approached, but had been blown ashore unable to withstand the strong winds by the hurricane. The bulker went ashore and sustained severe hull damage as it’s hull dragged along the rocky shoreline. The engine room and several sections of the hold suffered water ingress. Fuel tanks were also ruptured releasing pollution along the shore. Authorities were alerted and a Mexican Navy helicopter was dispatched to the scene. The helicopter rescued 19 of the 27 crew on board with the remaining crew voluntarily staying. No reports of injuries. Reports state the vessel was directed by port authorities to depart rather be in port when the hurricane made landfall. Later reports state the Los Llanitos has suffered a large crack in the hull which may result in the vessel being scrapped.