The crew of a UK-flagged bulk carrier has been evacuated after a
fire broke out in a cargo hold off Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.
Spain’s Salvamento Marítimo confirmed that two SAR helicopters
evacuated all 24 crew members on Monday from the MV Chesire, which is carrying
a cargo of ammonium nitrate fertilizer.
The fire is believed to have started due to a chemical reaction
in the fertilizer that caused it to overheat.
The vessel is currently adrift in the Atlantic Ocean a few
hundred miles south of Grand Canary Island.
Salvamento Marítimo said the ship owner has hired Resolve
Salvage to retrieve the vessel. The SAR tug Puntas Salinas is reportedly on
scene with the Chesire.
The Cheshire is a 56,597.8DWT
(Summer) geared Supramax bulk carrier cargo vessel. The vessel has five cargo
holds of a combined capacity of 71,634 cubic metres and is equipped with four
cranes and cargo grabs to facilitate discharge operations in less well
The Cheshire has been under
Bibby Line ownership since March 2012 when she was delivered to the company
direct from the Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard, PRC.
fire was first reported on Sunday and later was denied entry to the port of Las