…As Russian Freighter Catches Fire off South Korea***
Two luxury yachts, 32-meter REFLECTIONS and 49-meter LOHENGRIN, undergoing renovation at Yachts Repair Yard in Universal Marine Center, Fort Lauderdale, USA, were either destroyed or severely damaged by fire on Nov 16.
More than 60 Broward firefighters spent about four hours early Nov 16 battling two luxury yacht fires that caused nearly $20 million in damage.
When firefighters arrived, the boats were completely engulfed and smoke could be seen for miles. Firefighters boarded boats, which were docked in the canal, and began attacking the fire.
Fire rescue personnel believe the fire started on one yacht and the wind caused it to spread to a second one. As of morning Nov 17, firefighters were still on the scene, extinguishing hot spots.
Both yachts were encased in scaffoldings, which had to be removed by crane.
According to Chief Deputy at Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, one yacht was worth $8 million – understood REFLECTIONS, and one was worth between $12 million and $16 million – understood LOHENGRIN.
Charter luxury yacht REFLECTIONS, MMSI 339463000, GT 216, length 33 meters, built 1997, flag Jamaica, crew 4, guests 8.
In the meantime, a freighter with 13 Russian crew aboard caught fire while transiting the Sea of Japan, near the South Korean Port of Pohang, on November 17.
The fire outbreak on the 1991-built Silver Way was contained after several hours of efforts but no one was injured in the incident, according to a report by Russian news agency TASS.
As reported, the fire was prevented from reaching the freighter’s cargo of timber.
Silver Way was subsequently towed to Pohang, where the 3,500 dwt ship is to undergo necessary repairs before continuing its voyage.
South Korean Maritime Authorities sent patrol boats, a firefighting team and a helicopter to assist the crew in firefighting efforts.
The Sierra Leone-flagged vessel was en route from Russia’s Port of Nakhodka to the port of Ningbo, China, at the time of the incident
Fleetmon with additional reports from World Maritime News