Posted on April 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Panama-flagged RoRo vessel, Al Fayrouz caught on fire in the afternoon of April the 8th while transiting through the Red Sea.

The incident occurred at approximately 16:30 pm, some 60 nautical miles off Farasan Island, Saudi Arabia.

The search & rescue centre in Jeddah received a distress call from the burning vessel on Monday afternoon.

The Saudi Arabia’s Royal Navy, Saudi Arabian Navy and the Saudi Arabian Border Guard immediately dispatched forces to the scene and proceeded to rescue the crew of the distressed vessel.

The crew comprised of 31 sailors, specifically, 27 Egyptian, 2 Indian and 2 Sudanese nationals.

A ship arriving from the port of Jazan managed took all the crew onboard and made sure they were provided with first aid. No major injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

There is currently no information on the extent of the fire, the damage on the vessel & the status of the fire.

Local Maritime Authorities are currently monitoring the burning vessel so as the better assess the environmental impact of the situation.

The ship was en route from the port of Suez to Djibouti when the fire occurred.


Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic

Posted in Safety , Accident , Fire , Saudi Arabia , Middle East

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