On April 8, the 114 meter long , 2893 dwt cargo vessel Bellatrix caught fire in the Ionian Sea some 180 miles off Catania, Italy. The Bellatrix was en route to Samsun from Khoms when a fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room. The fire quickly grew out of control and the crew sent out a distress call. The nearby cargo vessel Arife responded and rescued all 12 crew on board the Bellatrix safely. Italian authorities dispatched vessels and aircraft to the scene to monitor the Bellatrix. Reports state a tug has been hired to take the Bellatrix under tow and proceed to Aliaga, Turkey. The Bellatrix was proceeding in ballast only. No reports of injuries.
The 20 meter long fishing vessel HK-80 Sarah caught fire while berthed in Den Oever, Netherlands. The shrimper had gone into a shipyard for maintenance when flames erupted from the engine room during a routine test. The fire quickly spread through the superstructure and consumed the wheelhouse. Local fire brigade responded, but little could be done to stop the blaze. Reports state the fire damage was considerable. No reports of injuries.
The 85 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Blackbear caught fire on the Nieuwe Waterweg in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Some insulation in the engine room caught fire resulting in dense smoke. The local fire brigade was alerted along with the port authority who dispatched vessels to the scene. Aided by the port authorities vessels, the fire was extinguished and the engine room was ventilated to clear out the smoke. One crew of the Blackbear was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. The Blackbear was taken under tow to a quay at the port of Koningin Wilhelmina. No reports of damage to the cargo tanks loaded with bio diesel.