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Giant trawler destroyed by fire: see picture
« on: April 21, 2007, 06:58:41 PM »
At 4 o'clock (british time) this morning fire broke out on giant trawler HERCULES imo 8907060.

4 ships took part in the rescue of the crew.    
The ship is somewhere in the Pacific, probaly near Chile.
Hercules is under Faroese flag. Two week ago they started fishing for horse macerel.

She was built in 1991 and measures 5000 DWT.

One hour ago the owners Thor Fisheries explained in a press release that 1 member of the crew is dead and 10 are missing.
The crew was 116 men of different nationality Norwegian, Asian, Faroese and other.  
The fire has spreed and the owners are facing "a total loss"  of the ship.
The survivors are onboard sistership Poseidon.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2007, 10:23:37 PM »
I saw the picture and it is quite a bad fire.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2007, 12:39:17 AM »
You are right very bad.
We are facing a total loss are the owners word.
The incident took place in international water. A Chilenian plane was ower the ship (probably theire picture we see).

In a few hours a Chilenian Coast Guard vessel will arrive to take the survivers from Poseidon.

I don't know more about the incident. The Faroese media have not followed the story up, but only reported from two press releases from the owners.

I reckon so far from shore there is no one to tackle the blaze. It will keep burning.

Hercules is 1 of 15 so called Vigo class ships built in Vigo, Spain from 1991 til 1995.
Lenght: 105 meter, Breadth 20 meter.

Hercules was only taken over by Thor Fisheries in Februar and this was theire first fishing.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2007, 09:39:12 AM »
This is the nationality of the crewmembers onboard wen dhe fire started:

70 from china, 27 from russia, 9 from peru, 4 from Ukraina, 2 from Denmark, 3 from Norway and 1 from Panama.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2007, 02:41:28 PM »
Just to give you the latest from the owners.

1 Chinese citizen is dead, 1 Russian and 9 Chinese are missing

They don't know the cause of the fire or where it started, but it may have started when packaging caucht fire in a stores.

Later today a Chilenian Coast Guard vessel will reach the scene. They will board Hercules if the fire is out by then.

 
Here is a large photo
http://www.nordlysid.fo/main.cfm?e=1&s=1&article=7632

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2007, 07:16:55 PM »
Hi,
bad news.
It was perfect big ship!
some Russians was from Kaliningrad!

 :-o  :-o

rgds
all the best :-D

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2007, 08:57:47 PM »
According to the Chilean Navy website fire started on 20th April at 20:45 LT. First call was from POSEIDON at 01:16 LT on 21st April. The vessel position was 280 nm SW of Ancud.
A better picture can be found here it was taken from a P3 Orion plane
If I'm right this is the third vessel of this series -built at Vigo & Gijon- damaged by fire.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2007, 11:33:22 AM »
A very short video can be found here

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2007, 12:30:18 PM »
I tried the link, but I can't get it to work

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2007, 02:25:33 PM »
There are apparently 11 dead.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2007, 04:01:26 PM »
It is a Windows Media (.wvx) file. The link works.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2007, 04:14:24 PM »
Yes, I got it now.

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Re: Giant trawler destroyed by fire
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2007, 08:40:31 PM »
Quote

If I'm right this is the third vessel of this series -built at Vigo & Gijon- damaged by fire.


Also Sozidanie burned of the coast of Africa a couple 2 or 3 years ago so that would make it 4.
Nice boats though I worked on one summer of 96 while fishing Pollock and Herring in the Bering Sea And the Sea of Ohkost.

Sozidanie on Fire

Gijon Burned in Victoria British Columbia Canada in the fall 1996.

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Edited to add picture of Sozidanie on fire
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