Posted on May 31, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted on the Togo-flagged livestock carrier, BOI BRANCO during the morning hours of May the 30th while the vessel was berthed at Piraeus Port, Greece.
Luckily, the ship was in ballast with no cargo on board, having arrived at the port of Piraeus on May the 27th.
Several firefighting crews were immediately dispatched to the scene in order to combat the blaze, including 3 Greek Coast Guard patrol vessels, 11 firefighting tugs and 1 ship belonging to the Greek Firefighting service, all of which were supported by 8 fire engines on land.
It took firefighting crews the better part of the day to successfully put out the fire.
The vessel was crewed by 41 seafarers, all of whom managed to disembark safely as soon as the fire started. There were no report of injuries or pollution due to the incident.
As of writing, we don’t currently know what events led to the fire or what the full extent of damage on the vessel is.
The Piraeus Port authority has detained the ship in port until its class-certificate can be verified by the relevant society.
In the meantime, the Port authority has put an emergency anti-pollution barrier in place in case of a potential fuel leak from the vessel.