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Major fire tackled on cargo ship in Lochaber

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Old 3rd July 2010, 00:18
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Major fire tackled on cargo ship in Lochaber

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Firefighters are tackling a major fire on a cargo ship on the west coast of Scotland.

The 100,000 tonne bulk carrier Yeoman Bontrup had been loading material at the Glensanda quarry on the Morven peninsula in Lochaber.

No-one has been seriously injured but the vessel is believed to have been extensively damaged.

A coastguard spokesman said the fire broke out on a conveyor belt and had caused explosions on board.

The blaze took hold on the Bahamas-registered ship at about 1530 BST on Friday on the conveyor belt used to carry material from the quarry to the ship.

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This is a fierce fire which has caused a couple of explosions on board

Richard Morgans
Clyde Coastguard
Because of Glensanda's remote location, firefighters had to travel by barge.

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service said the fire spread to the ship and set off an explosion involving gas cylinders on board.

The coastguard said all crew members were safe, however the area of the vessel housing the crew quarters suffered significant damage.

One man was taken to Oban Hospital for treatment to injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.

A number of crew members were also treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and for minor injuries.

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Richard Morgans, Clyde Coastguard's watch manager said: "This is a fierce fire which has caused a couple of explosions on board.

"We are working with Glensanda harbour master and the Highlands and Islands Fire Service to tackle the blaze and minimize the threat of pollution."

The eight-man specialist Highlands and Islands maritime firefighting team (Mirg) has been at the scene since 2015 BST.

They were transported there by an RAF rescue helicopter from Lossiemouth, with the assistance of coastguard rescue officers from the Portmahomack team.

Highlands and Islands Fire Service have three appliances at the scene, assisted by a further three appliances from Strathclyde.

The coastguard rescue tug Anglian Sovereign was on its way to the scene to help with the recovery of the vessel
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Old 3rd July 2010, 11:29
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Not the easiest of fires to deal with because there is no real road access to the site. From what I've been told, the explosions could be heard in nearby Port Appin.
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I will have to speak to the wifes uncle he works at Glensanda,has to get a boat there and back
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Would like to see some pics of this lads, a wee bit out of my way
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Here is a link to some pic's from a local web site
http://kilchoan.blogspot.com/2010/07...up-ablaze.html
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Brilliant link Compass Rose - thanks for posting.
I must admit, the fire looks a lot more serious than I had envisaged.
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Photographs of Yeoman Bontrup before the fire can be found here, here and here.
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The whole conveyor is on fire. Looks like a CTL
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Two more pictures - http://kilchoan.blogspot.com/2010/07...re-photos.html
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Here is a link to some pic's from a local web site
http://kilchoan.blogspot.com/2010/07...up-ablaze.html
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Similar Ship Fire

M/v Sophie Oldendorf had similar belt fire in Tampa.
See cargolaw for further details.
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Two belt fires

Yes, quite a coincidence happening within a day or so of each other. The fire on Oldendorf seems to have been contained to the conveyor assembly, whereas on Yeoman Bontrup it spread the length of the ship including the accommodation. Much less shoreside fire-fighting equipment available in Lochaber, of course.
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M/v Sophie Oldendorf had similar belt fire in Tampa.
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Update 19 July

I passed YEOMAN BONTRUP twice this week-end (17 & 18 July). She was anchored in about 30 metres, 2.5 miles east of Lismore Lighthouse (off Oban), with a tug lying at either side. Presumably she was moved there to free the Glensanda berth for further loadings. Tug on starboard side was BOULDER and had a towing hawser attached to Y.B.'s bow; smaller vessel on port side had a K on her funnel but I couldn't make out her name (anybody know?).
Y.B. looked very sorry for herself with much of the superstructure blackened, and evidence that fire had emerged from every window opening. Her hull didn't look bad, except for a patch on the starboard quarter where paint seems to have been burnt off.
She seems to have been partly loaded at the time of the fire, i.e. not down to her marks, but lower in the water than if she was light ship. I expect unloading her somewhere will be the first step, before she can be repaired.
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Hi Scurdie,
Smaller tug is JP Knights' KEVERNE. They are to tow her to Ijmuiden, but it has been reported that YBs fuel has now got to be removed first.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MutNdSRedmU

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I've just posted a couple of pics in the gallery showing part of the poop deck blown off the top of the steering flat. The explosion was fierce enough to blow the whole deck up and over the top of the funnel. Must have been some bang and lucky no one was in the vicinity.

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Indeed a huge fire and heard that all started due to an overheated conveyor belt onboard the vessel, which is the typical problems with these type of self-dischargers.....for shipping it is good, one bulkcarrier less on the seas.
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Lightbulb Investigation Report

There is now a very detailed description of the ship, the sequence of events, and the cause at http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/...an_bontrup.cfm
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