Fire Breaks Out on Board US Car Carrier
A US-flagged car carrier suffered a fire on one of its decks on Tuesday night, June 2nd, the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency informed.
The ship, which has been identified as Courage, reported the fire to the UK Coastguard at Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre just before 10 o’clock Tuesday night.
Crew members used an inbuilt CO2 system to flood a large area which they believed had put the fire out and continued their journey. The situation is currently contained, MCA said.
Dover Coastguard put the RAF Wattisham helicopter on standby but it wasn’t needed.
The 1991-built vessel headed to Southampton on Wednesday where it is being monitored by the National Maritime Operations Centre.
According to the latest information by Marine Traffic, the vessel-owned by American Roll-On Roll-Off Carriers, reached Southampton where it is moored as of Wednesday afternoon.
Experts from Hampshire Fire and Rescue service were winched aboard to assess the situation.
Counter-pollution staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are monitoring the situation but say it is all contained.
Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service said the fire was contained and under control. Five maritime response officers from the service have been winched aboard the vessel to assess the situation.