Posted on May 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

A cargo vessel caught on fire in the morning hours of May the 7th while docked at Port Khalid, located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

The fire broke out at approximately 06:45 am, with the first responders arriving on the scene at 07:25 am.

Thankfully, there were no casualties as a result of the incident.

The civil defence team managed to successfully rescue the crew of 13 Indian nationals aboard the vessel. They were then taken ashore and provided with emergency first aid and food. Thankfully they didn’t require hospitalization. 

It took them the better part of an hour to control the fire, with the subsequent cooling operation lasting until 14:00 pm.  

According to Major Hani Al Naqbi, Director of the Media and Public Relations Department at Sharjah Civil Defence, the vessel was loaded with over 6,000 gallons of diesel, 120 vehicles and over 300 tyres at the time of the fire, all of which are considered to have been irrevocably destroyed in the blaze.

Local authorities have opened an investigation into the fire, as to determine the cause of the incident.

While the fire has been successfully doused, the vessel has begun to develop a starboard list and water is beginning to overtop the starboard rail.

Posted in Safety , Fire , United Arab Emirates , Middle East

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