Posted on January 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted aboard the Canadian-flagged oil tanker, Kivalliq W, at approximately 6 am on Sunday the 27th of January.
The tanker was docked at the Imperial Oil Dartmouth Terminal in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the time of the incident.
According to Stephen Turner, acting district chief for the Halifax Fire and Emergency services, the firefighters were called at 6 am in the morning to put out a fire aboard a vessel near the former oil refinery.
Reportedly, the ship’s crew initially tried to put out the fire themselves, but having failed at their attempts, called the Halifax Fire Department for assistance.
There’s little evidence yet as to how the fire started, but we do know it originated in the ship’s generator compartment.
Upon arriving at the scene, the firefighters requested assistance from the Department of National Defence personnel stationed at the dockyard, as they are considered specialists in shipboard firefighting.
It took the Halifax firefighters, and their counterparts from the Department of National Defence, the better part of two hours to put out the fire.
Imperial oil used to have its own fire department on site, but it was disbanded when the refinery shut down.
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