The self-discharging bulk carrier Korex Yeosu caught fire during cargo handling operations at Yeosu port, South Korea. The vessel was offloading coal for the Yeosu Power Plant, when some of the gasses inflamed and extended to the cargo in holds. The local authorities were informed about the accident and at the scene of the fire were dispatched shore firefighters, who succeed to extinguish the flames in less than an hour. During firefighting the crew was evacuated to prevent any injuries. Some part of the cargo is completely damaged by the water and fire, but the ship was not sufficiently affected by the flames and the cargo handling operations resumed.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The bulk carrier Korex Yeosuwas inspected after extinguishing the fire. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The self-discharging bulk carrier Korex Yeosu (IMO: 9791248) has overall length of 109.00 m, moulded beam of 24.00 m, depth of 10.35 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The cargo ship has deadweitght of 11,000 DWT. The carrier is equopped with self-unloading system which has 33M conveying arm and 33M working radii with maximum speed of 1500 tons/hour. The bulker was built in April 2016 by Zhenjiang Shipyard.