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« on: August 15, 2017, 02:36:38 pm »

"Bulk carrier CHESHIRE loaded with fertilizers on Aug 13 reported probable fire in cargo holds in the Atlantic south of Las Palmas, Canary Island, caused by chemical reaction. No visible fire or smoke were reported, but she was prohibited from approaching Las Palmas.
Early in the morning Aug 14 vessel suffered an explosion in Hold no.4, and after that, some minor explosions. The 24-crew were evacuated by Spanish Salvage helicopters in the afternoon, situation on board was found to be too dangerous for people.
As of 0400 UTC Aug 15, she was adrift in vicinity 26 38N 016 01W, some 80 nm south of Gran Canaria southern tip, with Spanish SAR tug PUNTA SALINAS (IMO 7931894) nearby.
Owner said to consider option of scuttling the ship, but changed his mind and decided to salvage bulk carrier, towing her to available port."


She was underway from my neighbourhood.

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 08:51:01 pm »

The younger of Bibby Line's two bulkers.
Last AIS position seems to be about 16½ hours ago, so presumably drifted westward to near current position of PUNTA SALINAS - appears to be standing by as no indication of her having a tow.  Cannot see anything else on the salvage front heading that way yet.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2017, 11:13:35 am »

Does NOT look good.....

http://thecanarynews.com/british-burning-bulk-carrier-near-canary-islands-is-a-gigantic-floating-bomb/



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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2017, 06:26:30 pm »

Interesting read with some valid questions raised.
http://maritimebulletin.net/2017/08/20/bulk-carrier-cheshire-fire-20-aug-update-largest-non-nuclear-bomb-afloat/
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 03:43:01 pm »

Bit better news today:

http://thecanarynews.com/experts-tackling-fertiliser-ship-fire-report-positively/
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