Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire onboard a passenger ship

Harwich International Port, Parkeston Quay
17/01/2018 @ 04:20
Incident Number: 70463
In attendance: 2 x Dovercourt, 2 x Clacton, 2 x Manningtree (1 x pinzgauer), 1 x Colchester (aerial ladder platform), 1 x Weeley, 1 x Wivenhoe, 1 x Frinton (incident command unit)

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were notified by the Coastguard to a fire onboard a passenger ship which was carrying around 400 people and due to dock at Harwich International Port around 5am.

When the ship docked firefighters reported that the fire was on a refrigerator lorry on a lower deck of the ship and had spread to a number of surrounding vehicles.

Incident Commander Lee Lucas said:

“As the fire was on a lower deck of the ship and in a confined space the area had become smoke logged and was difficult to access.

“Our firefighters worked with the ship's crew and the Port Authority to organise freight to be removed to allow access to tackle the fire.

“Once onboard firefighters began tackling the fire in sections and brought it under control quickly despite difficult conditions.”

By 7am firefighters had extinguished the fire and remained onboard to tackle hotspots as well as ventilate the area.

At 10.15am the vehicles involved in the fire were taken off the ship while firefighters continued to monitor for hotspots and ensure the scene was safe.

Several lorries have been destroyed and the ship has suffered smoke damage.

Following an investigation the cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.






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