Posted on July 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Japanese Fishing Vessel, Myojin Maru No. 8 caught on fire during the early morning hours of July the 16th while transiting off the coast of Perth, Australia.
The incident occurred at approximately 07:45 am LT. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received an alert from the Japanese Coast Guard, informing them that the Myojin Maru was in danger after a fire broke out onboard the vessel.
Noticing the extent of the fire, the crew of the fishing vessel decided to abandon ship and climb onto life rafts.
Upon receiving the information, AMSA immediately issued a priority broadcast to ships in the area and launched a search and rescued operation to aid the distressed seafarers.
Thankfully, another Japanese vessel operating in the area, the FV Seifuku Maru 88 went to the aid of the stranded seafarers and managed to successfully rescue them.
According to AMSA, all 24 crew members of the Myojin Maru No. 8 are safe and in good condition, having received no injuries during the incident.
There is currently limited information available as to the extent of the fire of the vessel, but it is presumed that it is still active.
AMSA is coordination with the Japanese Coast Guard and the vessel owners in order to determine the extent and cause of the incident.
Furthermore, they will be monitoring the surrounding area for any sign of pollution that might have been caused as a result of the fire.