Tanker on Fire Off Riga


On May 25, 2017, a fire broke out in the engine room of the “Zircone” in the Gulf of Riga, Latvia, shortly after leaving the port of Riga, bound for Skaw.

What happened?

The tanker “Zircone” was disabled after fire and started to drift, tugs and CG patrol boats were sent to ship.

A helicopter with thermal video equipment found high temperature in the superstructure.

Fire controlled onboard:

The master requested no evacuation, all 17 crew members remained on board and were fighting the fire by own means.

Vessel remains adrift:

In the afternoon the two patrol boats “Klints – KA 09”, “Skrunda” and the Latvian tug “Stella” had reached the vessel which was loaded with 7,000 tons of diesel oil and still adrift.

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Source: LSM


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