Posted on November 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Sierra Leone-flagged General Cargo Ship, SILVER WAY, reportedly caught on fire during the afternoon of November the 17th while transiting through the Sea of Japan.

The incident occurred at approximately 13:40 pm while the vessel was sailing northeast of Homi Cape, Pohang Korea.

Reportedly, the vessel had left the port of Nakhodka, Russia and was bound for Busan, Korea, carrying a shipment of over 2500 tons of timber.

Upon receiving the distress signal, the maritime authorities at Pohang dispatched a number of patrol boats, as well as a firefighting team and a helicopter to assist the crew of the distressed vessel.

According to initial reports, the crew could not engage in firefighting efforts due to an onboard generator failure. Further firefighting efforts were hampered by the heavy smoke present on the vessel.

Thankfully, the combined firefighting forces managed to successfully put out the fire by 20:00 Seoul time.

Reportedly, the fire was limited to the superstructure and did not manage to spread to the timber cargo hold.

According to initial reports, the crew members of the Silver Way are all uninjured and remain in good health.


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Posted in Fire , Safety , Korea , Sea of Japan

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