Tanker on fire off Riga
On May 25, 2017, at 7.30 a.m. a fire broke out in the engine room of the "Zircone" in the Gulf of Riga, Latvia, shortly after leaving the port of Riga, bound for Skaw. The tanker was disabled and started to drift, tugs and CG patrol boats were sent to ship. A helicopter with thermal video equipment found high temperature in the superstructure. The master requested no evacuation, all 17 crew members remained on board and were fighting the fire by own means. In the afternoon the two patrol boats "Klints - KA 09" (MMSI: 275115000), "Skrunda" (MMSI: 275404000) and the Latvian tug "Stella" (IMO: 9389655) had reached the vessel which was loaded with 7,000 tons of diesel oil and still adrift. After the engine room fire was under control the casualty was pulled to the Riga Shipyard - LVRIX - 0035, where she berthed early on May 26.
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