The bulk carrier Navios Orbiter caught fire at Immingham Docks in UK. The vessel was berthed at the pier for cargo handling operations, when on board erupted fire in the accommodation block. A small amount of biomass fuel and wooden pellets inflamed on board of the bulk carrier. The crew raised the fire alarm and reported the accident to the local authorities. At the scene of the troubled bulk carrier were sent five firefighting engines, as well as two RNLI lifeboats. The flames were extinguished for less than an hour without causing significant damages to the vessel. The local authorities provided all the needed safety cover while firefighting and preventive actions against environment pollution.
“Both lifeboats were launched to provide safety cover while firefighting took place on a bulk carrier with 19 crew on board, when a fire was reported in its accommodation block”, said the official statement of Cleethorpes RNLI. “The volunteer crew of Cleethorpes Lifeboat made their way to the station through busy Easter Sunday traffic, while the full time and volunteer crew of the Humber Lifeboat launched from their station on Spurn point. Both boats arrived at Immingham Docks just after 4pm and stood by at a safe distance in case they were required to give assistance. Members of the Coastguard Rescue Team based at Cleethorpes liaised with services on shore at the scene until the fire was confirmed as having been extinguished and all persons aboard were safe”, adds the statement.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the fire and will make an inspection of waste management procedures on board of the vessel. Fortunately during the incident there were no injuries and no water pollution.
The bulk carrier Navios Orbiter (IMO: 9286865) has overall length of 225.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 12.70 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 76,602 DWT and the gross tonnage is 39,727 GRT. The ship was built in 2004 by Imabari Shipbuilding Marugame Yard in Japan.