RO/RO containership fire extinguished

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NOVEMBER 5, 2013 — The Icelandic Coast Guard says that all fire aboard the 1982-built, 1,473 dwt, RO/RO containership Fernanda has now been extinguished. The news marks the end of a saga that began at 2.00 a.m., October 30 when the Coast Guard responded to reports that fire had broken out in the vessel's engine room when she was near Vestmanskih islands.

A Coast Guard helicopter was on scene within two hours and the 11 crew members were safely airlifted and taken to Reykjavik. The vessel, which flies the Dominica flag, is managed by Norfos Shipping of Estonia and the crew is reportedly made up of Estonian and Russian citizens.

The Coast Guard vessel Thor also responded and started to battle the flames. It towed the vessel into Faxaflóahafna port where firefighting efforts continued.

Thor respond1 400Despite these efforts, the fire was so intense that it was decided to tow the vessel out into Faxfloi Bay, allowing firefighters to continue their work but minimizing the environmental impact should the ship sink.

Right: Thor responds

Below: The ship cools down

By Sunday, the fire had been extinguished. Today, the Coast Guard said that the vessel was cooling down, with no temperatures aboard exceeding 40 deg C.

A decision on what to do with the fire gutted vessel will be taken Wednesday.

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