Posted on May 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire broke out on the Bahamas-flagged Car Carrier, Platinum Ray in the morning of May the 22nd while the vessel was docked at Ulsan, South Korea.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:15 am, while the vessel was in the middle of loading newly built cars onto the ship at the Hyundai Motors shipment pier.
As soon as the fire broke out, the crew contacted the local fire brigade. They arrived at the scene within four minutes, having mobilized over 26 units, including several pump vehicles and over a hundred-and-three firefighters.
The firefighters, escorted by the crew made their way to the ship’s lower decks, which were believed to have been the ignition point for the fire.
The cargo deck had been filled with smoke, and visibility was substantially reduced. Upon reaching the vessel’s third deck they detected the origin point for the fire.
Having determined that it would be difficult to enter the lower decks to put out the fire, the firefighting teams decided to use the vessel’s carbon dioxide fire extinguishing system.
At approximately 12:50 pm, having first closed and sealed all connecting doors, they activated the fire extinguishing system on decks 1 & 2.
The fire started to lose strength at which point the firemen managed to enter the lower decks and started to put out the fire.
It took the firefighting crews the better part of five hours to successfully combat the blaze.
Overall, 61 cars were destroyed during the fire, but due to the fire brigade’s rapid response, over 2102 cars were saved in the process.
Three people had to be treated for smoke inhalation and one of the firefighters had to be hospitalized, having been injured while fighting the fire, but overall, no major injuries were reported.