Eight Firefighters Fight Cargo Hold Fire


On May 28, an excavator located in the cargo hold of a container ship caught fire but due to quick response it was brought under control.

What happened?

The cargo ship ‘Phaedra’ was berthed in Portland port when an excavator located within the cargo hold of the ship caught fire.

The crew members of the vessel alerted the port officials who quickly rushed to their aid.

Fire contained

Portland Port Police officers, along with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue attended to the fire. Furthermore, two crews from Portland, two from Weymouth plus their aerial ladder platform crew, two from Dorchester, and Maiden Newton’s breathing apparatus support unit and four officers were mobilised to the fire at Outer Coaling Pier.

Eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked to extinguish the fire using equipment on board the vessel. The fire was contained to the plant machinery inside the hold of the ship.

Equipments recovered

One person suffered minor injuries and received care by South Western Ambulance paramedics on the scene for smoke inhalation.

The recovery of the plant machinery from the cargo hold is currently underway. An investigation has been initiated to determine the reason for fire and the ship is being assessed for any damages.

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Source: Dorset Echo


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