The fishing vessel Martina C caught fire in Pacific Ocean on 280 nautical miles off Buenaventure, Colombia. The fire started in engine room after overheating of diesel generator and spread to the whole superstructure. The crew was unable to get control of the fire and abandoned the fishing ship into life boat. The Master reported about the accident to Colombian authorities via satellite phone and requested assistance. The local authorities organized search and rescue operation, dispatching navy vessel at the last known coordinates. The lifeboat with 24 fishermen on board was found and all of them were rescued and transfered to Colombia.
The fishermen on board of the vessel Martina C consisted of Spanish (Captain), a Belgian, a Croatian, a Panamanian and 20 Ecuadorians nationalities. All the people were in good health and without injuries. The shipowner dispatched another fishing vessel in vicinity to pick up crew.
Meanwhile the fire on board of the ship Martina C extinguished by itself. The damages will be assessed by the crew and another ship.
The fishing vessel Martina C (IMO: 7396836) has overall length of 67.00 m, moulded beam of 12.80 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The ship has gross tonnage of 1492 GRT and operate under the flag of Ecuador. The fishing vessel Martina C was built in 1975 by Astilleros Reunidos del Nervion shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. The owner and operator is Ecuador company Pesdel.