Cargo ship reported destroyed in fire off Saudi Arabia

RoRo cargo ship Al Fayrouz (IMO 7822512) suffered a fire while transiting the Red Sea from Suez to Djibouti, according to reports.

The vessel issued a distress signal on April 8th about 60 miles west of Farasan island, Saudi Arabia, after a fire had broken out shortly after midnight.

The distress signal was received by MRCC France and redirected to the MRCC Jeddah. The Saudi Arabian Navy and Coastguard were deployed to the scene. All 31 crew members, 27 of them Egyptian, two Indian and two Sudanese, were evacuated safely on the afternoon of the same day. The ship went adrift. According to Saudi Arabian Border Guards, the vessel was in international waters, 60nm off Saudi Arabia’s Farasan Islands, when the incident occurred.

1980-built, Panama-flagged, 6,257 gt Al Fayrouz is owned by Pan Suez Marine SA care of manager Mansour Agency of Suez, Egypt. It is entered with MS Amlin on behalf of Pan Suez Marine SA.

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