The passenger ship Burg-Eberbach caught fire at Tinnemans Shipbuilding yard in Maasbracht, Netherlands. The vessel was docked for survey and repairs after having been sold to Belgian shipowner in November, but during welding works were inflamed cables and bunkering oil, which caused fire in the engine room. The flames engulfed the whole compartment and extended to the main deck. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene of the burning passenger ship were dispatched four fire engines and firefighting teams, which started pouring foam and water over the flames. There was immediate danger for explosion of timewise gas cylinders, but the firefighters succeeded to get control over the fire.
The whole vessel Burg-Eberbach was seriously damaged by the fire. There were no reports about injured people and water pollution during the accident, but the dense smoke appeared from the fire accident and covered the area around. The inhabitants of Wessem were asked to keep their windows and doors closed to prevent from respiratory problems.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire. The inspectors will board the vessel and assess the quantity of the damages caused by the flames.
The passenger ship Burg-Eberbach has overall length 27.00 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 1.50 m.