Fire in Product Tanker Engine Room

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Product Tanker Sustains Engine Damage Due to Fire

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Liberian-flagged oil/chemicals tanker Alia carrying fuel oil set sail from Port of Malta on 4th October toward Gothenburg, Sweden.  She was 64 nautical miles west of Hvide Sande off Denmark on 20th October, when a fire broke out in the engine room following an explosion.

The 2003 built, 35,669 dwt  Alia is managed by the Hamburg-based Tb Marine Shipmanagement.

The crew called  “Esvagt”, a Danish rescue and support vessel operator to assist with the fire and rescue operations, deployed the services of two rescue vessels – Esvagt Gama and Esvagt Omega for the operations.  They sprayed water on the tanker’s hull for 3 hours till the vessel cooled down enough to let the crew enter the engine room and tackle the flames from within using the tanker’s fire suppression system.  The CO2 released helped extinguish the fire, but the tanker had sustained severe damage and the ship had lost propulsion power.

The vessel is reportedly still adrift in the North Sea, and will need towing assistance to the nearest port.  No injuries or oil spills were reported.  The entire crew is still on board.

Source: Shipwreck Log

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