Posted on December 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Canadian Bulk Carrier, TECUMSEH caught on fire during the afternoon hours of December the 15th while transiting through the Detroit River.

The incident occurred at approximately 1400 hours, in the proximity of Zug Island, on the United States side of the river.

We don’t have exact details yet as to the cause of the fire, but initial reports suggest that it started in the ship’s engine room.

Upon receiving news of the blaze, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Detroit dispatched the Coast Guard Cutter, BRISTOL BAY alongside a Response Boat and an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter.

The Bulk Carrier proceeded to drift into the Canadian side of the river, dropping anchor near Windsor, Ontario.

The crew on board the vessel managed to activate the onboard CO2 system, as a contracted firefighting team boarded the ship and began the firefighting efforts.

All 16 seafarers onboard the Tecumseh promptly disembarked the vessel and were assessed by the paramedics that had arrived at the scene.

The firefighting crews battled the fire overnight and managed to successfully put it out by the following morning.

Thankfully, there’s been no reports of injuries or pollution following the incident.

The United States Coast Guard will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.


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