Firefighters were summoned to the port of Ploče in southern Croatia during the evening of October 19th to assist in fighting a fire burning aboard cargo ship Mehmet Unlu (IMO 9200029), which was docked in the port. Five fire engines and two tugboats responded around 8:30 p.m. local time.
Smoke started pouring out of the number three hold of the vessel. The vessel was reported as evacuated, and the fire was contained to the hold, with no injuries to the 16 crew. The decision was made to partially unload the vessel to reach the fire. Fire crews also used an infrared camera to measure the temperature of the ship’s hull. The fire was declared out after midnight on October 20th. It was thought that a spark during the cargo handling operation might have ignited oil or fuel that was on the scrap metal. The vessel had arrived earlier in the week at the port from Ravenna, Italy. As of October 24th the vessel was en route from Ploce to Diliskelesi, Turkey, ETA October 27th.
2000-built, Turkey-flagged, 4,937 gt Mehmet Unlu is owned by Unlu Denizcilik Sanayi of Istanbul, Turkey. It is managed by Emsan Denizcilik Sanayi of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Unlu Denizcilik Sanayi.