The 190 meter long, 48,821 dwt bulk carrier Dimitris S caught fire while berthed in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Dimitris S had arrived from Dordrecht with a cargo of scrap metal when fire broke out in the hold. Local fire brigade and fireboats were alerted and the combined effort was able to extinguish the blaze after several hours. One crewman on board the Dimitris S was later taken to hospital for treatment. Reports state the fire was likely caused by the scrap self-igniting. No details on damage or pollution released.
The 58 meter long, 800 dwt fishing vessel Sur Este 709 caught fire while berthed in Montevideo, Uruguay. The fire started in the fish processing compartment and quickly intensified by the stored packing materials in the compartment. The crew Sur Este 709 was unable to contain the blaze and local fire fighters arrived on scene. Fire fighters tried to contain the fire, but the fire had now spread through most of the superstructure. Authorities evacuated the pier and nearby vessels from the possible dangers of the fire spreading and the toxic dense smoke emitting from the holds of the trawler.
A short time later tugs were requested to tow the trawler away from the docks. Authorities feared there was a strong threat of explosion from ammonia cylinder tankers stored on board. The trawler was towed some 300 meters away from the piers to a nearby anchorage where tugs and fire boats continued fire fighting efforts through out the night.
The Sur Este 709 became so waterlogged that it capsized and partially sank on its port side. Authorities placed booms around the trawler to contain any pollution released. Reports state the fire has gutted the vessel and it is a constructive loss. No reports of injuries.
On June 18, the 98 meter long tanker Yu Shun 88 loaded with a cargo of bitumen caught fire off Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. Reports state the blaze started in the tanker’s engine room and threaten to spread through the vessel. The crew was able to enable the fire suppression system and contain the fire. The Yu Shun 88 sent out a distress call with authorities arriving a short time later. All 14 crew on board the Yu Shun 88 were evacuated safely.
The following day, rescuers found the fire had sufficiently cooled down and the tanker was in no risk. The Yu Shun 88 was taken under tow to a nearby anchorage in Wenzhou Bay. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state there was significant damage to the engine room including the main engine.