Machine Room Fire Aboard a Bulker


On June 26, 2017, at 09:49, the Dutch Coast Guard received notification of a machine room fire aboard the “Anna” 15 miles off the coast of Hoek van Holland.

What happened?

The ship was enroute from Immingham to Rotterdam. At 10:04 a.m. it was decided to alert the Brons team, a firefighter team for ship incidents. At 10.45 a.m. a helicopter in Maasvlakte was deployed to take it to the ship. To get an overview on the situation, a Coast Guard patrol aircraft was also sent on site.

Crew members injured:

Two crew members suffered injuries and were to be medevaced by the SAR helicopter from the Maritime Airport de Kooy. Around 11 a.m. the KNRM lifeboat “Kitty Nepveu Roosmaale” was on site and dropped off two crew members with ventilation equipment after the fire was brought under control.

Engine room filled with smoke:

As the engine room was full of smoke, the search for any residual hotspots was difficult. The helicopter with the first three members of the fire fighting team are heading towards the ship at 11.45 a.m.

Tug assistance required:

Around noon seven members of the team were aboard the ship. The captain also requested tug assistance as his ship lost propulsion. The tugs “SD Stingray” and “Smit Panter” were deployed to assist. They connected to the “Anna” around 1 p.m.

The Rijnmond Traffic Center was responsible for the surrounding shipping and took control of the situation on the spot and sent the “RPA 15” and “RPA 16” to assist. Also the KNRM boat “Jeanine Parqui” responded and escorted the convoy to Rotterdam, arriving there at 4.45 p.m.

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Source: Netherlands Coastguard


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