The LPG carrier Navigator Leo caught fire in Gulf of Finland on 20 nautical miles south-west off Port of Kotka. The vessel was under ballast en route from Le Havre to Russian port Ust-Luga, when the fire erupted in provisions store in superstructure. The flames were extinguished by the crew with own means without causing sufficient damages. The accident was reported to the local authorities and MRCC Moscow, which allowed the ship to proceed the voyage in escort with the icebreaker and to dock in Ust-Luga port. The ship was detained for further safety inspection and special survey. Fortunately during the incident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution, but extent of the damages is unknown.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the fire. Also the ship will be checked if follows procedures about waste management. The damages will be assessed by inspectors and firefighters in the port.
The LPG carrier Navigator Leo (IMO: 9482574) has overall length of 160.00 m, moulded beam of 26.00 m and maximum draft of 6.40 m. The deadweight of the ship is 22,844 DWT and the gross tonnage is 18,321 GRT. The tanker was built in 2011 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their Mipo Dockyard, South Korea.