Fire erupted on cargo deck of car carrier Silver Sky at port of Antwerp
Fire erupted on the cargo decks of car carrier Silver Sky at the port of Antwerp, Belgium. The vessel was loading second hand cars for African market, when one of the vehicles inflamed. The flames spread to the whole compartment and engulfed another vehicles in vicinity.
The fire alarm was raised and the accident was reported to the local authorities. At the scene of the burning car carrier were dispatched several shore firefighting teams and two tugs. The shore teams poured with water the port board of the vessel, while two tugs are cooling the starboard, but the fire is not yet put under control.
Currently there is not immediate danger for the terminal and nearby vessels, but in case of emergency the ship might be towed offshore. The local authorities started investigation for the accident and monitor carefully the environment around the burning vessel. There were no injuries and no water pollution reported.
The car carrier Silver Sky (IMO: 8519722) has overall length of 183.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 8.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 9,772 DWT and the gross tonnage is 39,043 GRT. The ship was built in 1989 by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China.
The owner and operator of the car carrier is Lebanon company Maritime Management Services.
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