Fire Hits Bulker in Port of Southampton

Fire aboard bulker SirinaImage Courtesy: Portchester Fire Station

The 50,170 dwt bulk carrier Sirina suffered a fire in its cargo hold while it was berthed at a dock in Port of Southampton on May 25.

The incident aboard the Greek bulker occurred at around 2 pm at Southampton Western Docks, according to the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Control.

At 13:51 firefighters were alerted to the fire involving 7,000 tonnes of scrap metal which had caused a large smoke plume above the ship in the dry dock.

Crews from across Hampshire tackled the blaze onboard the ship, while relevant authorities, including the Environment Agency, Public Health England, Southampton City Council and the Coastguard, removed the scrap metal from the vessel.

All persons were accounted for and there were no reports of injuries following the incident.

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