Three people injured after fire on board of passenger vessel MPS Element in Netherlands

MPS Element fireThree people were injured at fire on board of passenger vessel MPS Element at Lorentz Port of Harderwijk, Netherlands. At the time of accident, the ship was docked at was berthed at the Kelvin Saint with 20 people of Polish nationality on board, who were having a party. The fire erupted in engine room after short circuit into the electricity system. The flames extended to the whole aft part and injured three from the passengers. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched firefighters and ambulances. The injured people were transported to the local hospital for treatment and later were released. The rest of the passengers were evacuated and accounted.

After less than two hours, the flames were extinguished and the vessel was rescued. The wooden hull construction suffered serious damages, but the ship remained afloat. The passenger vessel MPS Element is recently used as floating accommodation for parties and other official occasions.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. There was no water pollution during the fire.

The passenger vessel MPS Element (ex name Marianna) has overall length of 31.00 m, moulded beam of 5.30 m and maximum draft of 1.60 m. The gross tonnage of the ship is 141 GRT. The vessel was built in 1902 by J.Th.Wilmink & Co Groningen in Netherlands.