The product tanker Cape Bon caught fire in English Canal on 10 nautical miles night off Calais, France. The tanker loaded with 32,000 tons of hazardous cargo suffered fire at electric panel after short circuit. The flames were quickly extinguished by the crew, but caused blackout and loss of propulsion power. The ship was forced to anchor in a dense traffic area to prevent grounding or collision. The accident was reported to the local authorities and on board was transferred French emergency team, who assessed the situation and condition of the vessel. It was estimated that there is no immediate danger for the seaworthiness and no signs of active fire, which threaten the condition of the vessel.
However, the product tanker Cape Bon was unable to resume voyage by own power and was requested towage. The salvage tug was dispatched at the scene of the troubled product tanker, which towed and secured her at Calais anchorage, for survey and evaluation of risks, before towing to Dunkirk.
The traffic at the area was affected, but not hampered. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The investigation for the root cause of the fire is under investigation.
The product tanker Cape Bon (IMO: 9260055) has overall length of 176.00 m, moulded beam of 31.00 m and maximum draft of 10.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 35,089 DWT and the gross tonnage is 25,108 GRT. The tanker was built in 2003 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The owner and operator of the vessel is German company Columbia Shipmanagement Deutschland.