The 183 meter long, 35,669 dwt tanker Alia caught fire in the North Sea off Hvide Sande, Denmark. The fire started after an explosion in the vessel’s engine room. The crew evacuated the compartment and turned on the tanker’s fire suppression system. The system released CO2 into the engine room extinguishing the fire, but the tanker had sustained damage and was adrift. Two nearby fishing vessels came to the Alia’s aid and poured water onto the hull of the tanker to keep it cool. No reports of injuries. The Alia was en route to Malta from Gothenburg.