A fire broke out aboard the "Stena Britannica" on its way from Hoek van Holland to Harwich International Port in the morning of Jan 17, 2018. The fire started in a truck of a customer in the lowerhold (deck 1) of the vessel.The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service was called at 4.20 a.m. to the port in Parkeston Quay, after being alerted by the Coastguard that there was a fire aboard the ship which due to dock at Harwich at 5 a.m.
The fire was found in a refrigerator lorry on a lower deck and had spread to a number of surrounding vehicles. As the fire was on a lower deck of the ship and in a confined space the area had become smoke logged and was difficult to access. The firefighters worked with the ship’s crew and the Port Authority to organise freight to be removed to allow access to tackle the fire. Once onboard firefighters began tackling the fire in sections and brought it under control quickly despite difficult conditions. The East of England Ambulance Service was called around 6.20 a.m and sent two rapid response vehicles, two specialist ambulance units (hazard area response teams) and an ambulance officer.The flames were put out by 7 a.m., but remained on board to ventilate the vessel and damp down hotspots. The fire was extinguished by crew and the vessel proceeded to Harwich where passengers disembarked. At 10.15 a.m. the vehicles involved were taken off the ship while firefighters continued to work at the scene. An investigation is set to get underway into the cause. While there was nothing to suggest it was suspicious, nothing has been ruled out at this stage. There were no reported injuries.
Report with photos and video:
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Oil Products Tanker)
The "Barrett" as been overtaken by pirates in the Bight of Benin with all of its crew. Shipowners Union Maritime confirmed the attack in their second statement since losing track of the ship's location when its AIS data stopped updating. The tanker was at anchor off Benin when it became subject of a Gulf of Guinea piracy attack on Jan 10. The safety of the crew has been its first priority throughout the search for the vessel and in attempting to bring the incident to a safe resolution.
The company was actively working with all relevant parties to ensure the situation is resolved “successfully and as quickly as possible. The "Barrett" was last heard from late Jan 9 when it was at anchor off Benin. Union Maritime alerted local maritime authorities and explored all possible options and efforts as they continuously monitored the situation. The primary concern is for the 22 crew on board and ensuring their safety.
The "Barrett" left an anchorage off the port of Lagos, Nigeria in the evening of Jan 5, proceeding west until it reached the vicinity of Lomé, Togo, on the morning of Jan 6. It departed the area in the afternoon of 8 January and was headed east until it abruptly turned to port, towards land in Cotonou, Benin when its AIS tracking data ceased updating.
Two boats, one of them with passengers of the "Costa Victoria", have crashed at the entrance to the Royal Phuket Marina in the channel on Jan 16, 2018. The "Pimracha" and "Sattakamol" collided just off the coast resulting in six injuries including one Thai man and five Italian tourists. The accident happened at the entrance to the channel leading to the Royal Phuket Marina at 4:30 p.m.
Two of the tourists have been sent to Vachira and Phuket International (Siriroj) Hospitals with serious injuries.
The accident happened in the Ao Sapam Channel, the entrance way to Royal Phuket Marina and Boat Lagoon. The group of eight tourist travelled to Phuket with the "Costa Victoria" and anchored in front of Patong Beach during the day and were in the speedboat "Satakamol" with other passengers.
Heading towards the RPM pier, another boat named "Pimracha 5" hit the boat resulting in the people being injured.
The boat drivers have been arrested for further investigation.
Report with photos: