Citrosuco tanker suffers engine room fire in Brazil

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Seafarers helped put out a fire in the engine room of a refrigerated tanker in Brazil.

The fire broke out on Monday morning on the 19,700 dwt Sol Do Brasil (built in 1994) at the port of Santos.

Port firefighters described the fire as “medium”, according to the daily Globo.

No casualties were reported on the Liberian-flagged vessel, which was docked at the time.

The tanker had arrived from Wilmington in the United States after an 11-day voyage and was to load a cargo of citrus juice.

The crew first brought the fire under control before firefighters were called.

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It took about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control.

The extent of damage to the vessel is unclear.

Assessed risks

Firefighters remained at the scene to assess the ongoing risks to the vessel.

The tanker is operated by Citrosuco de Matao in Brazil, with protection and indemnity cover provided by Skuld in Norway.

The Sol Do Brasil has had no port state control detentions since 1998.

In April, a sailor was killed and six crew members were injured following an explosion on the 10,000 dwt oil tanker Chuang Yi (built in 2000) off Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Government Flying Service was notified of an explosion while the vessel was 300km offshore.

A fire caused by the explosion was extinguished by the crew before help arrived.


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