Fire on bulk carrier kills one; report

A fire that broke out in the engine room of a bulk carrier Faneromeni (IMO 9343857) was reported to have resulted in the death of one officer and at least one other injury. The fire was extinguished by the crew, but the vessel possibly remained disabled in the Arabian sea.

The 92,485 dwt bulk carrier was sailing empty from Fujairah in the UAE to Port Elizabeth, South Africa with a crew of 18 onboard. The fire broke out at about 04:00 Greek time in the engine room. Before the fire, the vessel was reported sailing at 15 knots in the Arabian Sea, and had been due to arrive in South Africa on August 31st.

The 55-year-old Greek second engineer was said to have been killed in the blaze and the 26-year-old third engineer was injured. The injured seafarer was reported to have been given first aid and was not in medical danger. The engineer might be airlifted to shore for additional medical attention.

When the fire broke out the vessel issued a distress call and the Mumbai Search and Rescue Coordination Centre was reportedly managing the situation. Three other vessels in the area went to the aid of the Faneromeni.

The Unified Search and Rescue Coordination Centre of the Hellenic Coast Guard reported that it was in contact with the captain of Faneromeni to ensure the welfare of all of the crew on board. The Greek authorities will conduct an investigation.

2007-built, Greece-flagged, 50,177 gt Faneromeni is owned by Faneromeni Ene care of manager Marmaras Navigation Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Faneromeni Special Maritime Enterprise.