Fire Leaves Chemical Tanker Anchored in Mosjøen, Norway

The Netherlands-flagged chemical tanker Stella Lyra remains anchored in Mosjøen, Norway, after it suffered damage to its engine control room in a fire on December 20, according to Helgeland Police.

The fire subsequently spread to the whole compartment forcing the vessel to drop anchor in order to prevent grounding, and shut down all its engines and diesel generators.

Stella Lyra, built in 1989, was on its way from Mosjøen to Liepaja, Latvia, when the incident occurred some 2km from the departure wharf, leaving the 3,848 dwt vessel powerless.

The authorities towed the vessel, owned and operated by the Dutch shipping company Tarbit Tankers BV, to the wharf where they commenced an investigation into the damage and the seaworthiness of the tanker.

After necessary repairs are done, the ship is expected to resume its voyage to Latvia.

At the time of the incident, Stella Lyra, crewed by twelve people, was not carrying any cargo.

There were no reports of injuries and water pollution following the incident.

According to local authorities, the fire was caused by a short circuit of the engineering equipment.

World Maritime News Staff

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