Posted on July 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted onboard the Georgian-flagged fishing trawler, IVAN GOLUBETS on July the 19th while the vessel was sailing off the Mauritanian coast.
The incident occurred while the vessel was transiting off the port of Nouadhibou, located in north-western Mauritania.
Reportedly, the fire initially erupted on the stern of the vessel but spread fast throughout the ship.
The cause of the fire and the current extent of the damage of the vessel is not known at this point, but from what we do know, the damage seems to be extensive.
According to Ukrainian media one seafarer, the vessel’s engine mechanic has perished in the flames.
A second fishing vessel operating in the area and approached the burning ship and is currently in the process of towing it back to shore.
The fishing trawler last had its AIS turned on almost ten days ago. Since then, the ship has had its transmitter turned off.
The Ivan Golubets is one of Ukraine’s four government-owned deepwater trawlers, and is currently being chartered to Mauritanian businesses. The vessel is based out of the port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.