The 200 meter long, 61122 dwt bulk carrier Jobst Oldendorff caught fire while loading cargo at Port Arthur, Texas. The Jobst Oldendorff was unloading wooden pellets when a fire broke out on a conveyor belt. The fire ignited some 10,000 tons on the quay as well as some wooden pellets in the hold. The fire spewed out a dense cloud of black smoke.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze a few hours later, but both the berth and vessel sustained damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Jobst Oldendorff will be inspected for damage before it leaves port. Details on how much of the 50,000 tons of wooden pellets were destroyed has not been released. Reports state an electrical short on the conveyor started the fire.