Large tanker towed into NY harbour after engine fire

Asphalt tanker Feng Huang AO (IMO 9764520) became disabled off Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, after a fire broke out in her engine room early on October 5th. The tanker had 21 crew aboard, when the engine room fire broke out 57 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, bound for New York Harbour.

The US Coast Guard said that the fire was extinguished using the ship’s installed carbon dioxide fire suppression system. There were no reported injuries to any crew members, and no reports of pollution. The ship’s electrical generators and main engine were disabled by the fire.

A USCG cutter was diverted to the area to assist, while the authorities dispatched salvage tugs to rendezvous with Feng Huang AO and take her under tow.

Towing operations towards New York began early Sunday morning. US authorities conducted a joint safety examination of the disabled tanker during the afternoon of October 8th.

The USCG said that Feng Huang AO would remain in port until repairs were completed. The cause of the vessel’s fire is under investigation.

2016-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 10,377 gt Feng Huang AO is owned by Ocean Generous Shipping Ltd care of manager Valt BV of Rotterdam, Netherlands. ISM manager is Bernard Schulte Singapore of Singapore. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Hong Kong unit) on behalf of Fujian Xin Yuan Ship & Marine.