Fire-stricken Boxship Towed To Safety

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A 4,888-TEU containership got disabled on Friday due to fire in the engine room, reports BMGlobalNews.

What happened?

A fire in the engine room of the 4,888-TEU containership disabled the ship on Friday, leaving it adrift about 50 miles west off the coast of Monterey, California.

The 14-year-old ship was travelling from Vancouver, Canada to Oakland. The vessel contacted the coast guard in San Francisco just before 5:00 am to report the fire. A team from the coast guard and Resolve Marine responded.

Rescue efforts

A coast guard helicopter crew transferred a dewatering pump to the vessel’s crew. Five tugboats provided by Resolve Marine sprayed water on the hull to provide additional cooling measures. By Saturday morning, the ship’s crew reported that the engine room had cooled off and the fire was contained.

As of Sunday morning, all decks above the engine room were accessible and fully ventilated.

Vessel Inspection 

The ship is being towed to an offshore location west of Point Reyes. Upon arrival, additional fire and salvage teams will embark to conduct a structural-integrity inspection and examine damage to the engine room. Once the inspection is completed, the vessel is scheduled to transfer to Oakland Terminal Berth 22.

There were no injuries among the 24 people onboard and no reported signs of pollution resulting from the incident.

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Source: BMGlobalNews

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