Posted on September 20, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

A major search and rescue operation is underway after a fire broke out on a Norwegian freighter.

Coastal freighter, Heiko, was transiting through Vilnesfjorden, Norway, north of Bergen when a fire broke out. 

Initial reports indicate that the fire started in the vessel's engine room late on the 19th September.

Several search and rescue vessels have been launched to aid the salvage. 

Four crew members have been evacuated and are not reported to have been seriously injured. 

The ship's AIS has been off for about a year, so the exact location of the ship is unknown at this point. 

The vessel is believed to have been loaded with sand and stones.

General cargo ship HEIKO, IMO 6900379, dwt 839, built 1968, flag Norway, manager HARDANGERFRAKT AS.

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