Posted on April 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire broke out on the Chinese Cargo Ship, Sheng Tai while the vessel was moored in Zhejiang’s Shengsi county near the Yangtze Estuary.
The incident occurred in the early morning hours of April 1st while the vessel was en-route from Nantong to Ulsan.
At approximately 6:52 am, the Shanghai Maritime Rescue Center received a distress call, suggesting a fire had started in the crew’s living quarters.
The Maritime Rescue Centre proceeded to coordinate with the East China Sea Rescue Bureau, dispatching four rescue boats and a tug to the scene of the incident.
At approximately 7:45 am, the rescue boat had arrived, and began the evacuation of the crew.
Fifteen of the Sheng Tai’s crew of seventeen were successfully brought onboard the waiting rescue boat.Unfortunately, the remaining two crewmen reportedly lost consciousness, most probably due to smoke inhalation during the evacuation process and were later found dead.
Fire-fighting measures were initiated to combat the fire, including the releasing of carbon dioxide into the engine room, but the fire proved difficult to put out.
The firefighting efforts lasted for several hours. The assorted firefighting teams finally managed to put out the fire later on in the afternoon.
An investigation has been opened by the relevant maritime authorities into the incident, so as to determine the cause of the fire.