Posted on December 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted on board the Marshall Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, ECOMAR G.O. during the evening hours of December 15th while the vessel was docked at Australia’s Newcastle Harbour.
The incident occurred at 1940 hours, while the vessel was docked at Newcastle Harbour’s K4 Terminal.
According to initial reports, the vessel had just arrived in the harbour earlier that day, after having left China on November the 25th.
Reportedly, the fire started in a food storage area located within the ship’s living quarters. However, the cause of the fire is not known at this point in time.
The crew, upon realizing that a fire had started on board, tried to extinguish the flames, but were unable to do so, due to the intensity of the blaze.
Having failed to put out the fire, they contacted the local Fire & rescue services, who arrived at the scene at approximately 2000 hours.
Local health services also arrived at the scene and went to assess the 22 crew members for injuries. In total, three crew members had to be treated for smoke inhalation, but no further treatment was needed.
It took the local fire services approximately an hour and a half to fully put out the fire that had affected the vessel.
Currently, there’s no further information available as to the extent of the damages on the vessel.
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