Crew evacuated after a fire on board chemical tanker

By Accidents

On March 28, a fire erupted onboard Sichem Amethyst. The incident happened at 9:40 AM inside the superstructure of the vessel while it was anchored on the Port of Tarragona, Spain. The ship had departed Fos-sur-Mer on Wednesday. 

All the seventeen crew member were evacuated. On board the tanker to assist the fire fighters stayed only the captain, the chief engineer and the first officer. The crew members were evacuated on board Salvamar Diphda. They were transferred ashore and were examined in ambulances of the Maritime Rescue Centre Tarragona. 

A fire brigade was dispatched to the fire scene aboard Helimer 201 helicopter. The operation was supported by the Cambrils, Guernicaand and Remo tugs. The Self-Protection Port Plan of Tarragona Port Authority was at level 3. 

The fire was brought under control and after it was extinguished, Sichem Amethyst was towed and berthed at the port around 3:40 PM. The damages have not yet been defined.

Sichem Amethyst is a chemical tanker registered in Panama. It was built in 2006 (Murakami Hide Shipbuilding) with IMO number 9354571 and MMSI 372016000. The length of the vessel is 114 m, breadth – 18 m, deadweigth tonnage 8,817 and gross tonnage 5,303. Owner of the ship is BSM India (Mumbai, India). 

Current position of Sichem Amethyst.