Fire at Port of Las Palmas during dismantling of fishing trawler

Fire trawler decommissioningThe Korean trawler Apsari 3 caught fire at Port of Las Palmas at Gran Canaria, Spain. The vessel was docked at the port for decommissioning and dismantling by the local company Logiscrap, but during hot works on the main decks some cables and sludge inflamed, which caused fire to the whole ship. The flames spread to the main deck and engulfed the hull. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched fire teams and tugs, which poured water and foam over the burning trawler, trying to extinguish the fire. After several hours of firefighting, the flames were put under control and extinguished at the end.

Fortunately there were no reports about injured people during the accident. All the scrap workers abandoned the ship after fire erupted, which saved them from significant injuries. The trawled did not had oil on board and all the refrigerating system were already decomissioned, but local authorities are monitoring the area for water pollution and surrounded the dock with booms.

The company Logiscrap is engaged with scrapping of ships in the Port of La Luz and Las Palmas. It was working over the Korean trawler Apsari 3 since the beginning of the month. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident and will follow an inspection of the safety measures taken by the company and port.