The car carrier Alliance St Louis caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico on 130 nautical miles southwest off southern tip of Mississippi Delta. The vessel suffered an electrical fire in its engine room after short circuit. The crew reacted immediately and succeeded to extinguish the flames, but the vessel remained adrift without propulsion power. The car carrier Alliance St Louis was operating on emergency back-up power, which provides only minimum crew needs. The vessel was adrift in moderate seas without immediate danger for seaworthiness and crew. The accident was reported to the local authorities and US Coast Guard, which initiate salvage operation.
The nearby tug Mariya Moran approached the disabled vessel and remained close in case of emergency. The US Coast Guard sent tug Crosby Endeavor, which will take the car carrier Alliance St Louis under tow to Port Arthur, Texas. The local authorities are closely monitoring the ship. The US Coast Guard sent rescue airplane to inspect the condition of the ship.
During the fire there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The car carrier Alliance St Louis (IMO: 9285500) has overall length of 200.00 m, beam of 34.00 m and maximum summer draft of 9.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 15,972 DWT and the gross tonnage is 57,280 GRT. The ship was built in 2005 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea. The US-flagged vehicle carrier Alliance St Louis is owned by Alliance Navigation and operated by Hoegh Autoliners. During the accident, the vessel was en route from from Port Arthur to Jacksonville, Florida.