Iron Chieftain

More than 100 firefighters were sent to deal with a fire on the self-unloading iron ore carrier Iron Chieftain, 50,587dwt, at the port of Kembla, in New South Wales, Australia.

The ship had arrived at Berth 113 at the port on June 15 from the Australian port of Ardrossan and began unloading her cargo of dolomite.

In the early hours of June 18, a fire broke out on a conveyor belt on the ship’s deck and it spread into the hold. The crew of 22 was evacuated and no injuries were reported, said the New South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. Booms were placed around the ship as an anti-pollution precaution.

Port operations were initially suspended but resumed at around 1130 the same day. Overnight, the fire on the conveyor belt was extinguished and firefighters entered the burning hold to assess the situation.

On June 19, the NSW Fire & Rescue Superintendent Norm Buckley said: “We pulled them out when it got a bit dangerous.”

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - August 2018 Issue
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