Fire on Board US Car Carrier with 21 Crew Members

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A Fire broke out on the US car carrier “Honor” in the English Channel this morning while on route to Baltimore from Southampton.

The UK Coastguard was called to tackle the blaze on the ship carrying 21 people.

The cargo space was sealed as the ship’s fixed firefighting system was used to dampen the flames.

Crews are continuing to monitor the cargo area – where the blaze is believed to have broken out.

The ship turned back to Southampton following the fire, where it is planned to anchor to the south east of the Isle of Wight.

Andy Jenkins, Commander for the UK Coastguard said: “The 21 crew are still on board the vessel and they are safe and well.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as it develops.”

The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted and a Fire and Rescue Marine Response team is to be airlifted onto the ship by the coastguard.

They will then look into the damage caused and determine if it is safe for the ship to return to Southampton Port.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “Firefighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are to board the merchant vessel ‘Honor’ in the Solent via helicopter to ensure her safety after she suffered a fire at sea.”

“Firefighters will board the vessel via HM Coastguard helicopter with temperature and gas monitoring equipment to assess the situation.”

“We continue to work with key partner agencies including the ship’s owners, Harbour Master and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure the safety of the ship and her crew.”

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Source: The Scottish Sun

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