Posted on September 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted in the engine room of the Maltese-flagged General Cargo Ship, KELLY during the afternoon hours of September the 6th while the vessel was transiting through the Elbe River.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:00 UTC, while the vessel was approaching Brunsbuttel, Kiel Canal, near the town of Otterndorf. The ship had been en route from Kaliningrad, Russia to Rotterdam, Netherlands at the time.
Firefighting and emergency services were immediately dispatched to the ship following the distress call. A number of firefighting tugs and a Search & Rescue vessel were also deployed to the scene in order to assist the operation.
As a result of the fire, two seafarers were injured, and one was killed.
The two injured seafarers had received extensive burns all over their bodies had to be transferred via helicopter to a hospital in Hamburg for immediate treatment.
The crew of the vessel consists of eleven Russians and two Ukrainians. The identity of the deceased and the injured crew members is yet to be revealed.
The vessel was first towed to a safe area and is now scheduled to be towed to the port of Brunsbuttel.
The Hamburg Police are currently investigating the incident and are actively trying to discover the reason behind the fire, which is currently unclear.
The extent of the damages on the vessel and its condition is unknown at this time.
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