Coal carrier caught fire in Yangtze river

Ship fireThe cargo ship Suxuzhouhuo6170 caught fire in superstructure in Yangtze river near Zhenjiang, China. The vessel was en route from Jiangdu to Hubei Huangshi with 2300 tons of coal on board. The crew was unable to get control over the flames and requested assistance from the local authorities. At the scene of the accident were dispatched two firefighting tugs and rescue boat, which assisted with extinguishing the fire. After several hours the fire was under control and completely extinguished. During the fire there were no injured people and no water pollution reported.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire. Fortunately the cargo did not inflamed, which prevented big disaster and extension of the flames. The superstructure suffered sufficient damages from the fire and will need of repair before returning into service.

The cargo ship Suxuzhouhuo6170 has overall length of 67.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m.