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British Bulk Carrier during Fertilizer Fire

A new photo released by Spanish Maritime Search and Rescue Society shows what happened to the British Bulk Carrier when its cargo of 50,000 tons of fertilizer got overheated during transit.

 A veritable inferno!

The 56,000 dwt British bulk carrier MV Cheshire suffered a massive cargo fire in August off the coast of the Canary Islands during its passage from Norway to Thailand with the cargo of ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

It took two full weeks for the cargo in five of the ship’s cargo holds to burn out and the crew had to abandon the ship.

Salvors managed to keep the burning hell away from the shore but could not board it due to toxic smoke.  

The MV Cheshire is owned by Bibby Line and was delivered in 2012. 

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