Posted on February 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
US-flagged Self Discharging Bulk Carrier, St. Clair, caught on fire in the evening of February the 16th.
The incident occurred at approximately 20:45 local time, while the vessel was docked at the CSX Torco terminal, located in the port of Toledo, Ohio.
The vessel had been docked at the port in order to undergo winter season repairs. There was nobody aboard the ship and the vessel carried no cargo at the time.
Upon receiving the alert, the United States Coast Guard, alongside firefighters from eight different local departments, rushed to the scene.
Reportedly, Oregon residents several miles away from the site of fire reported seeing grey smoke and smelling burning rubber.
The fire onboard the vessel managed to burn through the deck and proceeded to ignite a massive rubber conveyor located in the lower decks.
Firefighters continue to spray water on the ship in order to keep it cool, in an effort to avoid structural damage while the fire smoulders.
The firefighting crews at the scene have also been applying water-cooling techniques on adjacent ships as a preventative measure in order to prevent the fire from spreading.
In the meantime, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting air quality tests in the area.
Initial findings suggest no evident signs of pollution in the surrounding region as a result of the fire.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. Thankfully, there are no reports of any injuries sustained in the incident.