Posted on December 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted aboard the Iranian-flagged General Cargo Ship, VAFA 2, during the morning hours of December the 2nd while the ship was berthed at Russia’s Astrakhan Port.
The fire occurred while the vessel was docked at Astrakhan’s southern port, at approximately 11:27 am Moscow time, and was primarily centred around the ship’s superstructure.
Upon receiving news of the fire, a force of firefighters, comprising of elements from both port and city counterparts, rushed to the scene to attempt to put out the blaze.
It took the firefighters little more than an hour to fully extinguish the flames. Thankfully, the fire was primarily centred on the ship’s residential quarters and did not spread past the superstructure.
The Vafa-2 had been carrying a cargo of timber at the time of the accident, and should the fire have spread to the cargo hold, it would have severely hampered firefighting efforts.
According to initial reports, there have been no injuries following the incident, and there are no signs of pollution in the surrounding area.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic