The car carrier Honor caught fire on cargo deck shortly after leaving Southampton in UK on 50 nautical miles northwest of Cherbourg. Several vehicles on the cargo deck inflamed, but crew succeeded to activate the CO2 firefighting system and extinguished the flames. After extinguishing the fire, the vessel remained adrift near the legs off Isle of Wight, while the local authorities made special inspection and assess the situation and risks. It was estimated that the car carrier Honor will not impose a risk for the port of Southampton and the local authorities allowed her to return and berth. Inspectors and firefighters will board the vessel at the port, where the cargo compartment will be opened and will be investigated the source of fire.
The cargo deck of car carrier Honor was closed, but when opening for ventilation the fire can erupt again, which was the main reason to return in port. The local authorities will investigate the accident. Fortunately during the fire on board there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The car carrier Honor (IMO: 9126297) has overall length of 190.50 m, moulded beam of 32.20 m and maximum draft of 9.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 19,844 DWt and the gross tonnage is 49,814 GRT. The car carrier was built in 1996 by Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Yokosuka shipyard in Japan.