The ferry Wave Master 6 caught fire during a voyage from Singapore to Batam Center with 140 passengers on board. The fire started from short circuit in one of the diesel generators on board, which extended to the whole engine compartment. The fire caused short blackout, but crew reacted immediately and activate the CO2 firefighting system and extinguished the flames. Thick smoke spread through the aft deck, but after ventilation the situation was returned to normal and ferry resumed the voyage to Batam Center.
During the fire there was a panic among the passengers on board of ferry Wave Master 6, as most of them ran out of passenger quarters to upper deck. The crew calmed the crowd and ventilated all the compartments, before allowing all the passengers to return in their quarters. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
After the fire was extinguished, the ship’s engineers estimated that left engine is out of order. The rest of the voyage was completed with only right engine at slower speed. The ferry berthed successfully in Batam, but will be out of service for several days due to repair and safety inspection.
The ferry Wave Master 6 (IMO: 9261126) has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The ship was deadweight of 43 DWT and gross tonnage of 253 GRT. The vessel was built in 2001.