Monday, 21 May 2018

Car carrier major fire, Incheon. Photos, Video.




Fire erupted on a cargo deck of car carrier AUTO BANNER at around 0940 Seoul time May 21 at Incheon port, Korea. Reportedly, overheated engine of one out of 200 loaded second-hand cars destined for Libya caught fire, which spread around other cars. Fire is considered to be major, some 40 engines, helicopters and tugs, 150 firefighters in total, are engaged in firefighting, ship’s crew reportedly evacuated. On photos burning AUTO BANNER.
Car carrier AUTO BANNER, IMO 8608066, GT 54222, built 1988, flag Panama, manager Hyundai Glovis.

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Car carrier major fire, Incheon. Update, new Photo Video.

May 21 Update 1500 UTC: The fire is still raging inside AUTO BANNER car carrier, yet not under control. As it came out, there are some 2100 used cars on car carrier’s cargo decks, and some 1200 of them are on fire. Officials said there’s little hope of extinguishing fire or taking it under control during night time. 3 teams of 8 people each said to be on board, engaged in firefighting. Some reported said, there’s a thick smog billowing from port with strong chemical smell.
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Fire erupted on a cargo deck of car carrier AUTO BANNER at around 0940 Seoul time May 21 at Incheon port, Korea. Reportedly, overheated engine of one out of 200 loaded second-hand cars destined for Libya caught fire, which spread around other cars. Fire is considered to be major, some 40 engines, helicopters and tugs, 150 firefighters in total, are engaged in firefighting, ship’s crew reportedly evacuated. On photos burning AUTO BANNER.
Car carrier AUTO BANNER, IMO 8608066, GT 54222, built 1988, flag Panama, manager Hyundai Glovis.

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