The 81 meter long fishing vessel Dong Won 701 caught fire while docked in the port of Timaru, New Zealand. Witnesses state a large bang was heard just before the fire started. Authorities dispatched multiple fire crews and fire boats to the scene. The crew of the Dong Won 701 escaped the blaze before dense smoke engulfed much of the fore section. Three crew were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.
Fire crew continued to battle the blaze overnight until it was contained. Both fire tugs and fire trucks continued to spray water to cool the fishing vessel’s hull. There was some concern how much water is being used to avoid sinking the Dong Won 701. Additional fire fighting crews were being dispatched from surrounding towns to aid in the efforts.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The Dong Won 701 had been scheduled to leave on April 10th.
The 210 meter long, 7000 dwt passenger cruise ship Seabourn Encore allided with the 118 meter long, 8465 dwt cement carrier Milburn Carrier II at Timaru, New Zealand. The Seabourn Encore had been moored at Timaru as passengers were returning from a windy day ashore. The strong winds with gusts reaching up to 45 knots caused all four stern mooring lines to snap.
The other mooring lines broke as winds pushed the Seabourn Encore away from the quay and across the harbor. The cruise ship eventually reach the other side of the harbor and struck the berthed Milburn Carrier II. The Milburn Carrier II and the Seabourn Encore sustained hull damage. The Seabourn Encore continue to drift and struck the opposite wharf. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Seabourn Encore was detained while Maritime New Zealand and local authorities investigate the incident. Both the Milburn Carrier II and Seabourn Encore will be surveyed for damages.