Posted on March 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Indonesian passenger RoRo, KM Awu caught on fire in the evening of March 25th while docked at the Semarang Port Ship Repair Yard in Indonesia.
The incident occurred at approximately 18:30 pm in the evening. According to initial reports, the ship was undergoing repairs at the time.
The Master had just exited his quarters on the ship’s top deck when he noticed smoke coming out of the superstructure.
He proceeded to quickly turn off the electricity on the ship, in an effort to stop the fire from spreading across the vessel.
The Master then disembarked the RoRo in order to go and ask help from the repair crews that had been operating in the vicinity of the vessel.
Thankfully, the firefighters rushed to the scene, arriving with 5 fire engines.
The fire managed to spread quickly in the meantime, engulfing the bridge.
However, the assortment of firefighting tugs, water cannons and land engines that had arrived on location in the meantime, managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of the ship.
It took them the better part of 5 hours to put out the fire, but at approximately 22:55 pm the blaze was fully under control.
There were no reports of injuries as a result of the fire, probably due to the ship operating with a skeleton crew during the repair operations.
We don’t currently know what led to the fire, but local authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.