Posted on December 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted onboard the Bahamas-flagged Car Carrier, RCC PASSION during the evening hours of December the 1st while the vessel was transiting off the coast of France.
The incident occurred at approximately 18:00 LT, while the ship was transiting through the Celtic Sea, some 40 nautical miles northwest of Ushant Island.
At the time, the RCC Passion had been en route from Le Havre to Fort-de-France, Martinique with a cargo of 2195 cars onboard.
Upon receiving the distress call, the Regional Operation Centre Corsen dispatched a team of firefighters to the car carrier via helicopter, who proceeded to board the vessel and aid the firefighting efforts.
Up until that point, the 19 crew members onboard the RCC Passion had been attempting to fight the fire but had met with limited success.
At approximately midnight on the same day, the car carrier was approached by the Search & Rescue tug, ABEILLE BOURBON, who then proceeded to tow the vessel.
There’s been significant smoke throughout the engine room of the car carrier, but there’s been no report of injuries sustained so far. The extent of damage on the vessel as a result of the fire is currently unknown.
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