On 4th December, bulk carrier ALMIRANTE STORNI suffered a major fire off Gothenburg. In light of the incident, 10-15 firefighters went on board to assist the vessel’s crew in the firefighting work.
ccording to the authorities, the fire was still not under control on Sunday after more than 24 hours.
Following the situation, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) said it had sent two helicopters, while several other authorities and organisations, including the Coast Guard, were also fighting the fire.
For the records, the ship’s cargo, timber, had caught fire on Saturday, and while the ship itself was not burning, the fire was difficult to extinguish, MSB said in a statement.
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UPDATE: The fire onboard the ALMIRANTE STORNI is still not under control more than a day after the loaded timber started to burn near Vinga outside Gothenburg, December 4
The 17-man crew is still on board;
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“The ship contains large amounts of fuel and MSB has started preparations to be able to support with resources in case of a potential leak,” it said.
What is more, the crew of 17 people had not been evacuated from the ship, news agency TT reported.
“We can’t say the fire is under control, but at least it has not spread”, a Coast Guard spokesperson told TT, adding the work could continue for several days.