Posted on July 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Indonesian-flagged Container Ship, PERSADA X caught on fire during the early morning hours of June the 29th while docked at Tanjung Perak Port, Indonesia.
The incident occurred at approximately 05:30 am in the morning, while the vessel was docked at Tanjung Perak Port’s West Patchouli Terminal in Surabaya, East Java.
The vessel was scheduled to undergo repairs at dock, having been berthed at the port for over a month when the fire started.
Initially, the fire looked like it was about to dissipate on its own by the time the fire brigade arrived at the scene, but it soon started spreading at a rapid pace.
According to initial reports, the fire originated in the engine room but soon spread, engulfing the bridge and the Captain’s quarters.
It took firefighting crews the better part of 4 hours in order to finally put out the fire.
The firefighters finally extinguished the blaze at approximately 09:00 am LT, but not before it had burned through 5 decks on the stern.
Thankfully, there were no fatalities as a result of the fire, but two crew members were injured while in the process of evacuating the burning vessel.
We don’t currently know what events led to the fire, but an investigation has been opened in order to determine the cause of the incident.
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