Large fire erupted on board of chemical tanker Burgos off Veracruz, Mexico. The vessel was loaded with 12,000 tons of oil products, en route from Pajaritus to Veracruz, but at approach to the port the cargo in tanks inflamed. The fire spread in several cargo tanks and crew was unable to get control over the flames. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene of the accident were dispatched tugs, which poured water over the hull. The chemical tanker Burgos is drifting on 7 nautical miles southeast off Veracruz and firefighters are trying to extinguish the flames and restricting fire area, protecting other tanks.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire, but probably might wait the oil product on board to burn out. There is no report for oil spill and environment pollution, but the main task is to keep seaworthiness of the vessel and strength of the hull, as high temperature can cause breaches and crack the vessel.
The chemical tanker Burgos (IMO: 9289154) has overall length of 176.00 m, moulded beam of 31.00 m and maximum draft of 9.10 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 40,263 DWt and the gross tonnage is 25,400 GRT. The ship was built in 2005 by Shinasb Yard in Tongyoung, South Korea. The owner and operator of the chemical tanker Burgos is Mexican company Blue Marine Cargo.
More about the fire on board of chemical tanker Burgos:
– Fire on board of chemical tanker Burgos put under control [26/09]