Greek tanker hit by fire after leaving Russian Baltic port



A Greek Aframax/LR2 tanker suffered a voyage disruption after a fire broke out on board after leaving Russia.

Finnish and Estonian rescue officials reported that the 108,000 dwt Alexia (built in 2009) was hit by the fire on Thursday, about 18 km south of Finland’s Porkkala peninsula.

According to the Helsinki Sea Rescue Command Center, the crew managed to extinguish the flames.

Tago Trei, chief of operations for the Police and Border Guard Board in Estonia, confirmed the fire was out, but said officials were still checking that there was no longer any danger.

“Fortunately, those on board were able to extinguish the fire before help arrived, thus avoiding any danger to life and health,” Trei added, according to the Baltic News Service.

Estonia took the lead in the rescue operation.

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Some reports suggested the ship had lost power, but Greek operator Centrofin said the fire started in a cabin and the ship would resume its voyage shortly.

The 250-meter vessel had left the Russian Baltic port of Ust-Luga on September 21.

The ship was heading to Istanbul in Turkey and was due to arrive on October 6.

AIS data showed the tanker was back in the Gulf of Finland on Friday morning.

The Alexia has protection and indemnity insurance through the North of England Club.

Inoperative fire alarm

VesselsValue values ​​the tanker at $36 million.

The vessel has never failed a Port State Control inspection.

But in March, checks in Turkey revealed two shortcomings.

There were incorrect entries in the seafarers’ rest records and the fire detection and alarm system was inoperative.

When last inspected in Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiysk in June, there was a fault with safety lights and sound signals.

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