Conveyor belt of the barge, which was moored alongside the Capesize bulk carrier Great Tang, caught fire at Whyalla anchorage in South Australia. The barge was discharging iron ore into bulk carrier’s holds at Spencer Gulf. The flames engulfed the cargo handling equipment of the barge, but crew of the both vessels succeeded to extinguish them fast. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched salvage tugs and specialized vessels, which assisted with the complete extinguishing of the fire. The accident did not caused any damages to the Capsize bulker, but delayed cargo handling operations, which will reflect in time schedule of the ship.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. Fortunately there were no injured people and no reported water pollution.
Previously was announced that the Capesize bulk carrier caught fire in Whyalla anchorage. Considering from photos this was Great Tang. Later the local media reported that accident was actually not with the vessel, but with the alongside moored barge, which was loading iron ore. There were no reported damages to the cargo ship, which will return in service after inspection.