Posted on September 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted in the engine room of the Liberian-flagged, Aframax Class Crude Oil Tanker, DUBAI HARMONY during the morning hours of Friday the 13th of September.
At the time of the incident, the vessel had been docked at Equinor’s (formerly known as Statoil) Sture Oil Terminal, just outside Bergen Norway, and was being crewed by 23 seafarers.
According to initial reports, the fire broke out at approximately 11:00 am, while the vessel was undergoing refuelling operations.
Emergency services were immediately notified of the fire and mobilized an assortment of firefighting forces in order to aid the distressed vessel.
Initially, about 20 responders answered the distress call and attempted to extinguish the fire.
As a precautionary measure, the 102 people working at the Sture Oil terminal were evacuated, leaving only emergency personnel at the site.
There were no reports of any injuries being sustained during the course of the fire. One person, however, had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Authorities proceeded to maintain a safety zone of 500 meters around the vessel during the firefighting operation.
The fire was successfully put out at approximately 12:57 LT. According to the vessel owner, Dubai Navigation Corp, it is unclear what events led to the fire.
However, local authorities have launched an investigation in order to determine the reason behind the engine-room blaze. The full extent of the damage and the reason behind the fire are not known at this time.
When the vessel initially docked at the Sture oil terminal, she had only 40 cubic meters of oil aboard.
According to Equinor, production at the terminal was not affected by the fire.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic